Lyon Center renovates lockers, gym
Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm in News
The Lyon Center locker rooms reopened this semester with new lockers that will replace lockers that have been in use for more than 20 years.
The renovations over winter break are the beginning of future improvements that will occur at the facility. Additional lockers were added to the second floor of the Lyon Center, said Justine Gilman, senior director of recreational facilities and fitness.
‚ÄúThe old lockers had a fair amount of rust and corrosion that formed over the years,‚ÄĚ Gilman said. ‚ÄúIt was really time to update aspects of the Lyon Center, and we were able to make some long-needed improvements over winter break.‚ÄĚ
An altered system for assigning lockers has also been adopted this semester to make full use of the recent changes.
‚ÄúFor people that had yearlong lockers we reassigned them, and people who want to rent a locker we are assigning them half-length lockers,‚ÄĚ Gilman said. ‚ÄúThe day-use lockers are separate.‚ÄĚ
Serenita Kumar, a graduate student studying clinical psychology, said she appreciates the updated lockers but is having difficulty using the one she has been assigned.
‚ÄúThe new system makes things easier because people can‚Äôt just pick and choose what they want, but unfortunately my locker is a little too high,‚ÄĚ Kumar said. ‚ÄúThey seem flexible about changing lockers though so I don‚Äôt think it will be a problem.‚ÄĚ
Jimmy Mack, a senior majoring in biological sciences, said the newly installed lockers offer students better protection for their belongings.
‚ÄúThe lockers seem more secure because you can‚Äôt see into them and look at someone‚Äôs possessions,‚ÄĚ Mack said.
Samantha Chaffin, a sophomore majoring in English and theatre, said the Lyon Center has other consistent problems that should be addressed and repaired.
‚ÄúBy the end of the semester, the machines always get run down and messed up,‚ÄĚ Chaffin said. ‚ÄúIt would be great to invest in new cardio machines because I think some are still broken from last semester.‚ÄĚ
Lyon Center management is continually renewing equipment and responding to visitor concerns, Gilman said.
‚ÄúWe always have an ongoing equipment trade out that should be finished by the end of spring or early summer,‚ÄĚ Gilman said. ‚ÄúWe also believe that we have resolved the television issues. It was a software issue so hopefully they will all be working in a week or two.‚ÄĚ
The main gym was also painted and furnished with new lights over the break.
‚ÄúThe lights that are installed follow some of the new codes so students can play in a safe environment,‚ÄĚ said Arvin Varma, associate director of facilities and youth programs. ‚ÄúEach light is also expected to give us years and years of life, and it is supposed to take less electricity.‚ÄĚ
The showers will be remodeled in summer 2012, which will continue the expected improvements to the Lyon Center.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a highly used facility so it takes a certain amount of wear and tear,‚ÄĚ Gilam said. ‚ÄúWe have to continue to upgrade and replace equipment because we want it to be a place where students can feel very comfortable.‚ÄĚ
Rohan Aurora contributed to this report.