Stewart, Centenary News Service
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary
College's first-ever swimming pool and its state-of-the-art Fitness Center
were cause for celebration Thursday, Dec. 7 during grand opening festivities
in the new facility.
Dr. Kenneth L. Schwab,
president, and William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of
Trustees, presided over the grand-opening ceremony at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Also speaking were Dr. Victoria LeFevers, chair of the Department of Health
and Exercise Science, and Dawson Taylor, president of the Student Government
Association. Members of the Centenary Brass Quintet and the Centenary Cheerleaders
performed and Centenary Chaplain Jack O'Dell offered a dedicatory prayer.
The former Haynes Gymnasium
was extensively remodeled and the building almost doubled in size to accommodate
the new Fitness Center, although its facade on Kings Highway remains much
the same as in the past. Just inside the former entrance, the Haynes Conference
Room reflects the past of the historic building.
The 25-yard, six-lane
pool offers a stunning view of the Arboretum and the Peavy Gardens and
Climbing Tower. The view is available, as well, to runners and joggers
taking advantage of the raised running track on the second floor. Complete
with a slip-resistant rubberized surface, the track travels almost an eighth
of a mile around the inside of the building. On the south end, the view
from the track opens to the gymnasium below.
The gym has been enlarged
by taking in the space formerly occupied by the concrete bleacher area.
It accommodates one college-size basketball court or two regulation-size
high school courts. Volleyball and badminton will be played there also.
New bleachers are moveable to accommodate various activities.
Some of the beautiful
old floor finds new life in the main entrance area, which opens to the
east toward Cline Hall, and in the lobby areas near the elevator and the
locker rooms/saunas. Also on the first floor are offices for the building
manager and the faculty members of the Department of Health and Exercise
Science. Additional features on the second floor include two racquetball
courts, an aerobics room, a dance room, a free-weight area and a space
for cardio and stack equipment. The basement will house four classrooms
and an expanded and updated Rifle Team area.
The Centenary Fitness
Center is the largest of six projects that were covered in a $12 million
bond issue designed to meet student needs and improve the campus.
It was completed in
18 months as a project of The Newman Partnership, architects, and McInnis
Brothers Construction, Inc., general contractor.
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