FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2006
GROUNDBREAKING EVENT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDING EXPANSION
Subject: Groundbreaking Ceremony
Time: 11 a.m., Friday, August 25, 2006 (The event should take about 30 minutes)
Place: College of the Canyons, outdoors, east side of the Physical Education Building
Contact: John McElwain, (661) 362-3494; Eric Harnish (661) 362-3400
Event: A groundbreaking ceremony for the 21,543 square foot, $6.4 million, Physical Education Building Expansion Project. The building is being funded through a split of money from the State of California ($2.7 million) and local Measure C ($3.7 million) funds.
The new 21,000-square-foot facility will add badly needed offices for full-time instructors, add new locker rooms to alleviate overcrowding in the Main Locker Room, and provide additional storage space for equipment. More importantly, it will create more physical education classroom space in the form of three sports courts that will create opportunities for new curriculum and the possible addition of Men's Volleyball as an intercollegiate sport. The plans also call for five tennis courts to be constructed adjacent to the existing facility.
When the original Physical Education facilities opened their doors at College of the Canyons 30 years ago, they were part of a campus originally designed to serve 5,000 students. Enrollment recently surpassed 18,000 -- a milestone not expected until 2011.
Speaking at the event will be Bruce Fortine, President of the college's Board of Trustees; Mr. Len Mohney, Division Dean, Physical Education and Athletics; and Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Superintendent-President.