WITH THE groundwork already in place, it’s now just a matter of time before the new home of the perennial UAAP general champions rises at the heart of the UST campus.
The four-story UST Sports Complex, whose groundbreaking was held last July 29, is set to be finished by 2011 in time for the University’s quadricentennial anniversary, said Fr. Roberto Pinto O. P., director of the Facilities Management Office.
An amount of roughly P500 million was allotted for the 65.98 x 76-square meter sports complex that will cover the entire land area where the Engineering sports complex and an adjacent football field is currently located.
The structure will include training areas for gymnastics, aerobics, taekwondo, judo, table tennis, fencing, and badminton at the ground floor.
It will also include a ticket counter, museum display, guidance office, and a dance hall for the Salinggawi Dance Troupe, fitness room, concessionaire, a mini bank, and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences office.
A mezzanine will hold four classrooms and spaces for costume storage.
The main basketball court, surrounded by bleachers rising up to the fourth floor of the building, will be situated at the center of the second floor. Along with the court are lounges for the players, one each for both the home and visiting teams. A concessionaire and souvenir shops will also be put up at the bleachers.
The second floor will hold the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) office, which is currently located at the entrance of the UST gymnasium along P. Noval Street. The institute will have a faculty room and other multimedia rooms for students. An indoor track will be built on the third floor.
Designed by Architects Jose Pedro C. Recio and Carmelo T. Rosas, the rooms in the sports complex will also be equipped with sound-proof technology to keep nearby classes regulated from noise.
The new complex will not totally displace the present gymnasium, Pinto said. The old structure would still be available for athletic purposes.
“It (the current gymnasium) is already a part of UST’s heritage because it existed since 1927,” he said. “It was considered a state-of-the-art building during that era.” Mika Rafaela A. Barrios
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