Alex Delaney-Gesing | The Collegian

Alex Delaney-Gesing | The Collegian

Olivia Moe
Sports Editor

The Ewing Field House will be closed due to renovations until the middle of the 2015 spring

semester. WIth this remodeling comes the promise of more energy efficiency and a saving in costs for the main campus.

“The Field House floor enhancement project will help promote health and wellness and ensure growth and development of all our activities to better serve the LCCC students and community,” stated Lisa Augustine, program coordinator for HPER.

Construction began towards the end of the fall semester of 2014 with the replacement of the

lighting fixtures. The floor replacements began on Jan. 5 and are estimated to be completed by Feb. 12. As a whole, the renovations will be completed between March 5 and 18.

The Field House consists of four interchangeable court areas. As a whole court, it equals out to a total size of 125 by 125 feet. When divided, a single court area is 56 by 125 feet, which is used to host several indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, softball and

tennis. The indoor track that runs above the artificial field is not part of the renovations.

“The floor replacement will allow for safer play and overall general use of the facility,” stated Robert Flyer, a member of LCCC’s Administrative Services. “It is part of our plan to continuously update and improve our facilities.”

Changes made to the field house include replacing inefficient and out of date lighting

fixtures and replacing the 30-year-old floors.

“The energy efficient lighting is part of the college’s overall strategy to reduce energy use and our carbon footprint.” Flyer stated.

With these renovations there will be an increase in energy efficiency in the HPER building. Converting the lights to LED fixtures will save 50 percent of energy and increase the levels of lighting by 70 percent.

The cost for replacing the lighting is approximately $48,000 and the Field House’s floor replacement comes to approximately $300,000. The lights will pay for themselves due to the energy savings and the amount of maintenance in less than two years. “The floor material was well beyond its normal expected life due to good maintenance and stewardship, but it was in need of replacement,” Flyer said.

The new floor is expected to last the college 30 years. Both renovation projects were funded by local capital funds, savings from leftover bond issuance funds, and even from the state of

Ohio. Due to these sources, there will not be an increase in user fees to fund the work.