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Opening in spring: Activities center to feature grill, gym, rock wall

By Ana Edelstein/staff writer

The Pete and Nelda Laney Activities Center will be a place where students and faculty can go and work out together or just unwind and talk about their day while watching television. Some of the features will include a climbing wall, a grill, an aerobics room, a track, a reception room and other additions.

To the left of the entrance will be an updated grill that can hold up to 150 people during concerts. The grill area will accommodate student needs and provide internet access to students with table space for working. It will also house comfortable seating areas geared towards a lounge-like atmosphere.

Volleyball, badminton and basketball will be available in the gym. Next to the gym are the men’s and women’s locker rooms, which will provide students with showers and restrooms. The gym will feature two full-sized cross courts. On the second floor a three lane track will surround the gym. Located next to the track will be an aerobics room where pilates and karate classes meet.

The rock climbing wall will be 25 feet wide by 28 feet tall. The hand grips will change on the rock wall periodically to provide the students with a new climbing surface. The wall will have an automatic belay system that holds up climbers. This room will have about 12 weight stations. The flooring in the room will have a design that leads the eye towards the rock wall, which will make it the main focus of the room.

There will be four classrooms with modern equipment including projectors. Two of the classrooms will convert into one large reception area with a small kitchenette. These rooms will be used for recreational and academic classes as well.

The ultimate goal of the Pete and Nelda Laney Activities Center is to provide a community hub for Wayland that not only includes students but faculty as well. The completion of the activities center is just one of the new renovations to the campus, including upcoming projects involving a new religion building and other improvements.