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El Pomar Sports Center


After 15 months of construction, extensive improvements to the tune of $27 million at the athletic and recreation facilities in Colorado College’s El Pomar Sports Center were completed in spring of 2013.

The facility originally opened on Dec. 29, 1970, and was a major addition to the campus at the time. With the recent renovations and addition of the Adam F. Press Fitness Center, it will meet the needs of students, faculty for years to come.

See the El Pomar Sports Center hours.

Construction update: Racquetball, squash courts now open

Repairs to the renovated racquetball and squash courts are complete with both venues available for faculty, staff and students to use at the El Pomar Sports Center.

The repairs were needed after a broken water pipe damaged the wooden floors.

The fix is part of a larger series of major and minor improvements scheduled to be started or completed in the next couple weeks. The schedule is very much subject to change.

In the new fitness center addition, installation of the aluminum entry doors has begun along with gym equipment and backboards in the gym. The wooden floors will be laid starting as early as Jan. 28. Priming and painting is well underway since the addition was enclosed before the recent half-block.

Big milestone ahead for new fitness center

By the time Colorado College students return from winter break on Jan. 7, progress on the new Adam F. Press Fitness Center will have taken another significant step toward fruition.

The northern addition to the El Pomar Sports Center is scheduled to be fully enclosed in glass and metal by New Year’s Day, as the three-phase, $27 million renovations and new construction project nears completion. A dedication ceremony is planned for late spring 2013, after a good year and a half of work that began in October 2011.

“It’s real exciting to reach the point of full enclosure,” said athletics director Ken Ralph. “That’s the next big milestone.”

The fitness center will serve faculty, staff and students in the CC community.

Plenty of other notable events have occurred over the past few months at the center.

Most exciting was seeing 897 fans crowd into the renovated Reid Arena on Nov. 3 to watch the Tigers volleyball team win the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason championship and earn an automatic NCAA Division III Tournament berth, Ralph said.

Other noteworthy events over the past couple months, starting with the most recent, include:

  • Opening of the new press box along the west sideline of renovated Washburn Field, where new turf was installed in mid-October.
  • Most of the renovations to existing center completed in early September with varsity teams moving into locker rooms on Sept. 20.
  • Gateway addition along Cache La Poudre Street opened on Aug. 6. Athletic department staff and coaches moved into 24 offices and four meeting rooms.

Public access limits over break

The El Pomar Sports Center will be closed to the public during winter break (Dec. 20 through Jan. 7) except for three NCAA Division III women’s basketball games at Reid Arena the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s.

The CC women take on Calvin College at 6 p.m. MT on Friday, Dec. 28. Calvin plays Concordia University (Wis.) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, before the Lady Tigers  return to the court to meet Concordia at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30.

Varsity athletes and staff will have access to the building for practice or work during the break.

Moving right along

While coaches and administrative staff will officially move into their offices at the new El Pomar Sports Center on Monday,  Aug. 6, the $27 million renovation project continues to take shape in other ways as well.

Phase I of the graphics installation begins just a day later, on Aug. 7, as logos and action photographs go up on walls throughout the Gateway addition.

Next big date is Aug. 27, when most of the equipment for the remodeled and expanded varsity weight room is delivered and the sports science lab opens. All team locker rooms, as well as the Great Hall, will be open as of Aug. 30.

Gateway addition opening set for Aug. 6

Pending any further delays, coaches, staff and other workers will be able to move into the new addition of classrooms and offices at the El Pomar Sports Center on Monday,  Aug. 6.

Furniture move-in remains scheduled for July 23.

The revised date for actual occupancy resulted from a building permit issue requiring the installation of additional equipment – four dampers – under a revised classification of the original facility.

Pool remains open until Aug. 7

Even with all the nearby construction and renovations, the Schlessman Natatorium remains open to the public until annual maintenance and some new construction and renovation work starts on Aug. 7.

The renovations include new bleachers, renovated locker rooms, an office for the assistant swim coach, and work on the pool drainage system along with regular maintenance. The bleachers and renovations are part of the $27 million project at the El Pomar Sports Center.

The natatorium will soon have a new vestibule entrance, pictured, for handicapped access.

Here are the hours through Aug. 6:

Monday thru Friday 12:15-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7-8:15 a.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 12:15-3 p.m.

Gateway addition opening will be delayed

The date when coaches, staff and other workers may move into the new addition of classrooms and offices at the El Pomar Sports Center will be delayed 10-21 days because of a building permit issue with the city. The original date of July 15 was scrapped in favor of July 31 a few weeks ago and now bumped to mid-August.
The problem is that the original El Pomar Sports Center was given an incorrect classification and that was reflected on the issued building permit. With the higher standards required under the correct classification with a new permit, additional  equipment — four dampers —  must be installed before the addition can be occupied by people.
The contractor was notified of the problem late last week.The furniture move-in remains scheduled for July 23.

Administration offices taking shape

The entryway into the Gateway addition of the $27 million, new construction and renovations project at the El Pomar Sports Center is becoming easier to visualize as work continues toward an opening date in late July.

The addition includes a number of classroom and offices along cache La Poudre Street.

Pictured at left is where the welcome counter will be located with a service window, pictured at right,  available if the counter is unattended.

The counter will be curved to match the recessed lighting above it.

Opposite the counter will be a large mural commemorating CC athletics over the years along with seating for visitors.

Renovations update; new name for big gym

A lot of progress was made recently on the new varsity weight and fitness room on the first floor of the El Pomar Sports Center, which is undergoing a three-phase, $27 million series of renovations and new construction. The large facility will be a rarity among Division III programs and the addition of a new strength and conditioning coach should be a huge benefit for the programs. The size of the facility, which took over the demolished Turf Room and continues through the two doorways in the right background of this photo, is impressive. The facility with have 12 free weight sets in the center of the room along with conditioning equipment, such as exercise bikes and treadmills, along the wall in the left background.

One of the big deliveries this Wednesday was the materials for new gym equipment and bleachers, pictured,  for the new Reid Arena, formerly the Reid Gym and often called the Big Gym by staff and students.

Materials for a new counter to help complete the entrance to the athletic administration offices on the second floor are also due to arrive soon.

Anyone driving onto campus by going east on Cache La Poudre Street will want to avoid the construction zone west of Cascade.

With the large trucks required for deliveries, traffic jams are common, especially with the Honnen Ice Arena and Schlessman Natatorium remaining open and in full use.