University of Calgary

Work begins on Red and Gold Gyms makeover

UToday HomeMay 15, 2013

By Don McSwiney

Artist’s rendition of new gym exterior. Windows will create a much lighter and airier interior.Artist’s rendition of new gym exterior. Windows will create a much lighter and airier interior.Work has begun on the exterior renovation of the University of Calgary’s Red and Gold Gyms.

The gyms, which opened in March of 1962, have never been renovated. The $4-million makeover is expected to create a much more pleasant space for sports, recreation and for students writing exams.

“Students are going to notice some dramatic changes to the gyms,” says Dean of Kinesiology, Penny Werthner. “Not much work is being done to the structure, but the exterior walls are being renovated to incorporate windows and the heating and cooling systems are going to be replaced with modern equipment.”

The new windows will create a light and airy feeling to the interior, which will also be refurbished.

The work was originally slated to begin in January. However, construction was pushed back to the spring to take advantage of warmer weather, providing a cost savings. Since most of the work is being done on the exterior, the contractors don’t expect much disruption for regular users. Any necessary closures will be posted in the facility and on activeliving.ucalgary.ca in advance.

The $4-million project is funded through the Alberta government’s Capital Renewal Fund.

 

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