Center will offer students a quick dip, starting this fall
After six years and $6.8 million, the North Campus is getting a renovated aquatic center this fall, according to Cristina Mateo, dean of administration at the North Campus. “We are excited to see this project come to completion,” Mateo said.
Located on the north side of building four, the aquatic center consists of two pools. The main pool is 75 x 112 feet and is three feet to seven and a half feet deep, according to Forrest Jolly, recreational design and construction’s senior project manager. It will hold 370,800 gallons of water.
SOURCE: FORREST JOLLY, RECREATIONAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION; FALCON TIMES STAFF REPORTS. GRAPHIC BY LAZARO GAMIO
To the west of the main pool will be a 13-foot deep diving pool. It will be used for homeland preparation and water rescue training. Jolly said it is 40 x 60 feet and holds up to 228,240 gallons of water.
The aquatic center will also include a fitness center that will hold 80 top-of-the-line exercise machines used for strengthening, conditioning and cardiovascular training. It features four classrooms, a locker area, shower area, laundry room, an aerobics studio, lounge and a patio.
North Campus students, faculty and staff will have access using their MDC identification cards.
"I am looking forward to [having] a new atmosphere,” said Marcus Isaac, a 21-year-old film production major. “I want to learn CPR so that one day I can possibly save someone's life.”
The pool—a Myrtha pool—will use the most advanced technology in the world for both competitive and recreational pools. Myrtha pools have been installed in all weather conditions in more than 70 countries, including Iceland and Australia.
“We hope the opening of this facility will provide the necessary tools for our Campus community to maintain their health goals,” Mateo said.
The aquatic center will be the first comprehensive water training center in South Florida. It will provide a variety of training venues relative to the requirements of fire rescue and law enforcement, as well as maritime agencies. Scenario-based training will involve local, state, national, governmental, industry and business partners. The pool was originally built in 1978. In the 90s, it was shut down because of severe leakage problems—the interior surfacing deteriorated and required complete replacement.
In 2004, state representatives took a tour of the campus and noticed the abandoned pool.
Through the Physical Education Capital Outlay—a state organization that funds new facilities—the College was given a categorical line of funding, which is funding allocated to an institution for a specific problem or purpose. It was slated to reopen in 2007, but renovations were halted due to a lack of funding.
An inauguration event is expected to take place later this fall, but a date has yet to be set. Noemi Zaharia, a two-time Olympic medalist in swimming for Romania, will serve as the Aquatic and Fitness Center manager.
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