On March 8, Cerritos College hosted a dedication ceremony for its remodeled Falcon Gymnasium -- a celebration attended by board trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, former coaches, representatives of elected officials and community members who marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting.
The renovation of the 52-year-old gymnasium included a state-funded seismic upgrade which is comprised of more than 100 70-foot deep concrete piers and reinforced concrete walls to make the building more resistant to earthquakes. While the renovation added new features/upgrades such as the refinished floor, team rooms, bleachers, restrooms, new sound system and lighting, it was also about restoring a high-design mid-century modern architecture.
Originally designed by architects Henry Wright and Earl Freels from Kistner, Wright & Wright, the 33,925 sq. foot Gymnasium opened its doors in 1961. The Gymnasium's distinctive four rolling-arched roof and organic curves reflect the clean, unique look of mid-century modern.
The entire project cost is approximately $16.5 million, of which $10.5 million funded by the state and the rest funded by Measure CC.
"I would like to thank our community, for believing in the vision of our educational master plan and for voting "yes" on the bond measure, which allowed us to remodel the gym," said Cerritos College President Dr. Linda Lacy.
Dean of the Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics Division Dr. Dan Smith thanked his staff, the campus facilities staff, and many other people on campus for their countless hours spent ensuring the successful completion of the gym.
Following Dr. Smith, Women's Basketball Coach Karen Welliver and Men's Basketball Coach Russ May thanked the college administration and community for their support in making the state-of-the-art gym a reality.
- Cerritos College Media Relations