The Student Activity Center has a new look this year following several updates and improvements to different parts of the building. The cost of all renovations for the 2013-14 year is estimated $230,000.
Changes to the SAC included re-painting of the indoor track area, lower-level weight room and Outdoor Sports Complex, refinishing of the hardwood floors in the racquetball courts, the addition of new workout equipment in the lower-level weight room and new tables in the alumni center and bowling area.
“(The renovations consisted of) painting in the facility, mainly around the track area,” Demond Pryor, SAC director of facility operations said. ”We also did some refinishing of the wood floors in the racquetball courts, so all six courts were totally refurnished.”
A new sound system that travels through the SAC, Rose Center and the Events Center was also recently acquired. The university has also plans to purchase a 600-amp system in the future that will also be used in the Events Center.
The purchase of the $24,000 amp was made to make CMU more appealing for concerts and other events.
“We have so many high-end concerts coming to CMU that we need a larger amp system,” Pryor said. “We have Big Sean coming in October, and this will help us tremendously to provide for entertainers and students.”
According to Pryor, funding for the revamp was overseen by Residences and Auxiliary Services.
“We submit a request to the university, and we’re hopefully awarded the money,” Pryor said. “The funding itself (is awarded after) an annual assessment (looks) at different needs. A feasibility study helps us prioritize the needs of the facility going forward.”
John Fisher, associate vice president for Residences and Auxiliary Services, said money provided from auxiliary reserves was used to update some of the more than six-year-old equipment in the SAC.
“There was $50,000 allocated for the (workout) equipment that was replaced. The (money for) maintenance that was done came from the auxiliary reserves,” Fisher said.
Students have varied opinions about the updates being made to the SAC.
“I don’t know about the weight room, but the racquetball courts were fine. It seems like a waste of money,” Crystal Falls junior Rachel West said.
There are additional plans in store for the SAC this year, which include installing a new set of doors for the bowling alley, upgrading the emergency sound system and resurfacing the indoor track, which Pryor said will likely occur closer to next summer.