Each new year brings about new projects here on campus, but the two noticeable acquisitions to the hilltop are the new West Family Athletic Complex and the Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility. Following a delayed schedule due to the weather, WLU maintenace is putting the final touches on the new complex.
“I think they are probably 98-percent done,” said Joe Mills, WLU Director of Physical Plant. The remaining items on the to-do list at the soccer and track complex include lining the asphalt track and bringing in bleachers, which will be completed early spring.
West Liberty soccer and track and field teams have already ventured onto the field to hold spring practices. Coaches have expressed their excitement about the new field and the benefits it gives student-athletes.
“The new facility is a fantastic enhancement for our student-athletes,” said Barry Christmas, WLU Women’s Soccer Head Coach. “Historically in the winter and spring we have gone off campus to practice. Having the new turf here with the added bonus of lights really assists in having much more flexible training schedules for our student-athletes.”
The new indoor practice facility is nearing completion which also saw delays due to weather this winter. “I would say by the end of March they should be putting the turf down,” said Mills. The turf is manufactured mondo turf and it will be featured in the practice facility and the field of the soccer and track complex.
The projects do not stop there for the maintenance team as Joe Mills and company gear up for the summer. The Wellness Center in the bottom of Krise Hall is going into its second phase of construction. There are several things being done after commencement, including a signage project.
“Once your here for awhile, you know where the buildings are,” said Mills. “But, if you come here, new, it’s shocking how many buildings are not labeled. The ASRC has no markings on it.”
The soccer and track and field teams will host their home games at the new complex next season. As summer moves closer, The Trumpet will provide more updates on major upcoming Maintenance projects. Be sure to pick up your copy of paper every Thursday.
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Photo Credit: Macy Santicola