O'Connell Center Gymnastics Practice Facility Renovations
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.
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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).