Millions of dollars poured into improved sports facility
Students at George Brown College’s Casa Loma campus will soon get to appreciate the fruits of $5 million worth of labour, as the Casa Loma gymnasium reopens after a facelift.
“Re-opening with state-of-the-art flooring, unique workout facilities, including a new fitness centre built in a mezzanine overlooking the gymnasium, the Casa Loma gymnasium is no longer an old relic in dire need of a makeover,” he said.
The Casa Loma gym is primarily for student athletes and staff, and in order to meet everyone’s needs, George Brown College had to consult with each group at length.Every year the school measures student satisfaction, responding to the needs and requests of students, which helped inform them of the importance of building a more modern athletic facility, according to Hayes.
“If you’re an older user of the gym or someone who is walking into the Casa Loma campus for the first time, you’d say ‘wow!’ You wouldn’t believe that we can do what we did with that space to get it modern,” said Hayes.
“All the latest equipment will go in there, all the latest flooring. You’re going to see TVs up in the fitness room. It’s simply going to be a modern space.” With the new full-regulation-sized gym at the Casa Loma campus, activities can be done that were not possible before, he added.
No discussion has taken place regarding the name of the new gym. “We leave that with our foundation,” said Hayes.
Last year students campaigned for the new gym to be named after Albert DaSilva, a long-time athletics staff member at the college. Almost 400 people signed a petition in support of calling on the college to name it the Albert DaSilva Athletic Centre.