14 Mar

WVU Tech announces the completion of the campus swimming pool renovation and a planned opening date of March 31.

The renovations, totaling nearly $200,000, occurred in two phases. Phase one included installation of the pool’s new liner, repairs to the heating system, and lighting upgrades. The second phase included interior painting, refinishing of the pool deck, replacement of the interior doors, and repairing the HVAC system.

“Phase one of the project began on September 17 and we’ve been working diligently on the project since then. We’re anxious to restore this facility for our campus,” explained Rick Linio, Director of Facilities Planning and Management.

The pool was recently filled – holding 158,000 gallons of water – setting phase two of the renovation project to be completed this month, adding to the already building excitement on campus.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation awarded Tech a $10,000 grant towards the project. Fayette County also made a one-time donation of $20,000 to support the facility renovation.

“This facility will instantly change the culture of student life on campus,” said Richard Carpinelli, Dean of Students. “The campus has been buzzing with excitement about the renovations since January.”

The University has planned a phased opening of the new facility, with service initially limited to students, faculty, and staff this spring. An opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. Activities are currently being planned for the opening weekend, including an alumni and community swim on Sunday, April 3, for the greater Montgomery community.

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