Gleason construction project staying on schedule

The Gleason Center at Sterling College has been undergoing construction since it’s ground-breaking ceremony on May 11.

The construction will be providing many new additions that will be available for all students.

Additions include a new auxiliary gym, new athletic training room, three new classrooms, conference room, 20 new offices for coaches, faculty and athletic training staff, a roughly 4,500 square foot weight room, new concessions stand, athletic hall of fame area and new locker rooms.

Athletic director Justin Morris said, even with the rain this summer, the construction crew has been able to stay on schedule and has been working every day.

All this work has resulted in a concrete pad in front of the entrance and beams up for the weight room, offices and classrooms.

The frame for the tornado shelter is also up and concreted.

With such a large project challenges are anticipated, but the construction crew and college have handled them well.

“There have been some leaks, and we’ve had to reroute the students to the backside, but that’s just part of the construction process,” Morris said. “There have also been some loud noises, but everyone has handled it really well.”

The anticipated opening for the newly renovated Gleason Center is set for Aug. 1, 2020.

“We are very blessed for the donors who have given to this project,” Morris said. “It will give our student athletes a better experience, and we are looking forward to opening the new building next summer.”