Georgia Military College will start construction of a new Health and Wellness Center after a groundbreaking ceremony later this month.
The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 outside the Cordell Events Center on the site of the new project. GMC will also start a fundraising campaign, aimed at raising $3 million to help fund the project.
The Cordell Center, built in 1964 for 500 students, now serves nearly 2,000, according to a statement from the school.
Now is the right time to give this center the improvements our students need and deserve, said Maj. Gen. Peter J. Boylan, GMCs president.
In the existing center, there is just one gym for nine grade levels, so the junior college cant offer students daytime PE classes or any college sports requiring a gym. Locker rooms and showers are available only to females. There are no changing facilities or showers for boys or opposing teams. And there is no space for winter intramural sports.
Scheduled to open in late 2013, the new center will feature three sunlit levels and 56,250 square feet of new fitness space, plus a complete repurposing of the existing Cordell Center. In addition to 9,000 square feet of weight and cardio training spaces, the center will also include an elevated walking/running track, locker rooms to support all prep school students, and exercise rooms for a wide range of fitness classes and strength training, as well as wellness instruction.
The launch the GMC Foundations public fundraising campaign will also begin. Funds to build the Health and Wellness Center are coming from $14 million in a combination of state allocations, institutional funds and private philanthropy.
Phase two, a future project, will include the addition of an 1,800 square foot convocation center, as well as additional instruction spaces, physical training spaces and offices to support the instruction.