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WSU Vancouver Fitness Center shapes up

Over the next two months, the men’s and women’s locker rooms in the WSU Vancouver Fitness Center will undergo a $100,000 remodel. Work is expected to begin sometime after Nov. 9 and will be complete by Jan 7. The center will be available for use during the remodel, but there will be no access to the locker rooms during construction.

Both locker rooms will receive similar upgrades. In the current configuration, each locker room is equipped with four showerheads in a single group space. To provide privacy, and because all four showerheads are seldom used at one time, the existing space will be split into two individual shower stalls. As a result both women’s and men’s locker rooms will each have three showers and an additional showerhead to accomodate people with disabilities.

New lockers are also being installed because the current lockers do not accomodate gym bags, hanging clothes or recreational equipment such as a basketball. Fewer, wider lockers will maximize storage space.

Most of the center’s cardio equipment is in good condition. Many pieces, such as stationary bikes and treadmills, were upgraded in 2010. All treadmills are currently equipped with television and cable programming.

WSU Vancouver pays most of the Fitness Center’s utilities including water and electricity. The remodel is funded by student-funded Services & Activities fees.

With the exception of a certified fitness trainer, the center primarily employs students, so funds to support the Fitness Center remodel ultimately go back to the students, said Michelle McIlvoy, manager of the WSU Vancouver Office of Student Involvement.

“A big philosophy of OSI is that we will always maximize the amount of student staff we have… [This] is college and it’s a learning experience,” McIlvoy said.

This will be the third time the Fitness Center has been remodeled since it opened. According to McIlvoy, this remodel is likely to be one of the last planned for the Fitness Center as no additional space or new buildings are planned in the foreseeable future.

Remodels in 2009 and 2010 enlarged the center. When Firstenburg Student Commons opened, the Office of Student Involvement and ASWSUV moved from the area that is currently occupied by the free weight and group fitness classrooms.

In addition to free weights and cardio-fitness equipment, the center also offers spin, circuit training, Yoga and Zumba classes, and private training sessions with a certified personal trainer. All services are free for students.

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