|The newest addition to the family of facilities that are home to LMU Athletics on the Los Angeles campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the Lions Athletic Center. The new facility is home to a state-of-the-art weight training room, four locker rooms, athletics' ticket center, executive conference rooms, facility operations area including a laundry room, and offices.
The 16,000-square foot facility is located between Albert Gersten Pavilion and Sullivan Field, and brings much needed space to the more than 425 student-athletes who participate on one of the 21 varsity athletic teams at LMU.
The main piece of the building will be the new weight training facility. Named by the Chad and Ginni Dreier Family, the weight room is 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 is 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 also house the LMU Ticket Office, which will be located in the northwest corner of the building and will be used for the ticketing operations for all LMU athletic events, a new laundry room, and storage facilities.
The $3.85 million Annex project was completed in April of 2011 and is just the latest piece in move to improve the facilities the past 10 years.