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April 15, 2010

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Construction has begun on the Gersten Pavilion Annex, the newest addition to the family of facilities that are home to LMU Athletics on the Los Angeles campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art weight training room, four locker rooms, facility operations area including a laundry room, athletics' ticket center, executive conference rooms and offices.

The 16,000-square foot facility will be located between Albert Gersten Pavilion and Sullivan Field, and will bring much needed space to the more than 425 student-athletes who participate on one of the 21 varsity athletic teams at LMU.

"We are very excited to have this construction start," said LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. "We have been very fortunate to have many people involved in making this much needed building a reality for our teams and student-athletes. The Annex is a big part of our continued commitment to `building champions.' It is an on-going initiative that was started 10 years ago to have facilities that are on a par with our aspirations of attracting the very best student-athletes in the country to this wonderful University."

The main piece of the building will be the new weight training facility. Named by the Chad and Ginni Dreier Family, the weight room will be more than 4,000-square feet and will be one of the top training facilities in the West Coast Conference. In addition to the weight room, there will be locker room facilities for baseball, softball, women's soccer and men's soccer.

"We have been in great need for space that can accommodate the proper training of more than 400 student-athletes. This facility allows us to accomplish this goal," said Husak. "Another big piece to our overall facility efforts is to renovate the locker room space for all of our teams. The Annex allows us to provide new locker room areas for more than 100 student-athletes. Providing the locker room space to those four teams not only gives them a great environment before and after games and practice, but also creates added space for the remaining teams and athletes in Gersten.

"Our next project will entail redesigning the space in Gersten Pavilion for men's and women's basketball, volleyball and the remaining programs."

Also within the building will be a pair of executive conference rooms and office space for the strength and conditioning coaches and for the athletic facility operations staff. The ADG Fraternity has named the larger of the two conference rooms, which will overlook Sullivan Field.

"Our coaches and teams have lacked space to have team meetings," said Husak. "This has also been the case with Department functions. The Founders room has been a great venue, but we have out grown it. The Athletics Department and student-athletes are grateful to the ADG's for helping to make the Conference Room a reality."

The building will also house a new laundry room, storage facilities and a ticket center, which will be located in the northwest corner of the building and will be used for the ticketing operations for all LMU athletic events.

"Like with the locker room space, moving the laundry room and storage areas will allow us to free even more space for our student-athletes within Gersten Pavilion. Adding a ticket office in this particular location will better serve the fans that come to campus and park in Hannon lot," said Husak.

The $3.85 million Annex project is expected to be completed by Summer 2011 and is just the latest piece in move to improve the facilities the past 10 years. A timeline of the LMU Athletics' facility enhancement the past 10 years:

2009  Gersten Pavilion: State-of-the-Art Floor Replacement/Renovation
2008 Leavey Center (Coaches' Offices) Allocation and Renovation
Sullivan Field: Bleacher Renovation and Installation of New Turf
2007 Construction of LMU Baseball Batting Cage
LMU Tennis Center:  Installation of New Scoreboard
2006 Construction of Smith Field - Home to LMU Softball

Construction of Higgins Short Game Center - Home to LMU Men's Golf
Sullivan Field: Installation of New Scoreboard
2004 Construction of Pride Park at Page Stadium
2003 Construction of Morris A. Pivaroff and George P. Kading Tournament Court at LMU Tennis Center
2002 Construction of Jane Browne Bove Boathouse
Gersten Pavilion: Lighting Renovation
Burns Aquatics Center: Installation of New Scoreboard
2001 Page Stadium: Installation of Mikos Blue Monster
Gersten Pavilion: Installation of New Scorebaords/LionVision Videoboard
Sullivan Field: Installation of Permanent Bleacher Seating
2000 Construction of Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center













Many areas within the new facility can still be named and funds are still needed. For more information on how to be a part of the Lions' future, contact Brian Luft at (310) 338-7853.



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