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O'Connell Center Gymnastics Practice Facility Renovations

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They’ve dazzled and astonished Gator fans with their amazing skills. And soon they will have a training facility equally as impressive. Construction is currently underway on the north side of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to renovate and upgrade the Gator gymnastics practice facility.

When completed, the facility will contain 18,000 square feet – an addition of 6,600 square feet for the Gators to utilize while training and conditioning. The coaches’ offices move from the lower level of the O’Connell Center to the facility.

The upgrades and additions for the facility include:

  • New offices for coaching and support staff adjacent to the studio
  • Office area includes main lobby welcoming visitors with seating, graphics and team recognition
  • A new training room and nutrition bar for student-athletes
  • Three vaults, two with resi-pit landing areas and one with a deep-foam pit
  • Four balance beams plus two supplemental practice beams
  • Four sets of uneven bars.
  • A floor exercise area
  • An in-ground trampoline and tramp-bar
  • An in-ground tumble trampoline and 60-foot rod floor leading to deep foam pit.
  • A channel pit with spotting platforms
  • A single bar trainer over foam pit
  • High-definition video recorders and monitors at each workout station – allowing instant feedback for coaches and gymnast
  • Cardio exercise equipment within studio space

Construction began May 8 after the University of Florida’s 2012 spring commencement ceremonies and will be completed in December of 2012. Demolition of the O’Connell Center’s north wall began June 12 and the roof over the practice facility was removed July 9.

Making their high-flying skills look so easy takes much work by the Gator Gymnastics team.

It is our goal to give Gator Gymnastics the opportunity to train to be the best; a new state of the art training facility will help make this a reality. You too can help make this possible by making a charitable gift in support of Gator Gymnastics. For more information contact Gator Boosters, Inc. at 352-375-4683 x5000.

“We are all so excited by the upcoming expansion and renovation of our training facility. New space, up-to-date training equipment and technology will be such an aid for our athletes and coaches. We feel so fortunate to be a part of the Gator family with so many willing to help us reach our national championship goal.”

Rhonda Faehn
Gator Gymnastics Head Coach

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The design team, contractor and UF staff worked closely together to provide this functional and green addition to the UF campus. The facility is design to be LEED Gold certified focusing on energy and water conservation, construction waste management, recycling, installing local material and material with recycled content, installing healthy material inside the building including green paint and carpet with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC).

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