On September 25, USJ's Board of Trustees approved a proposal from MG Construction to enter into a contract for the construction of the new Lady Bruins Athletic Locker Room Facility.
The $1 million facility includes approximately 6,000 square feet and is comprised of two varsity Lady Bruins locker rooms, three middle school locker rooms, a dedicated middle school restroom, and a dedicated varsity restroom fitted with showers and vanity tops. The varsity locker rooms, in particular, will feature custom wood lockers with individual electrical and USB charging ports in each locker. "This facility is something that we can all be proud of as a school and will offer a place to foster a true team environment. The girls are going to enjoy having their own space as a team," says Head Soccer Coach Paul Conway.
As a portion of Phase I of the Campus Master Plan improvements, the facility is located just north of the existing boys' facility. It is situated to support convenient access to the athletic fields and is coordinated with future Phase III athletic parking lot improvements.
The energy-efficient, state-of-the-art facility constructed of long-serving brick, block, and steel, also includes a coaches/training lounge and two multi-use visitor locker rooms with separate outside access. Athletic Director Michael Stroup said, "We are excited about the construction of this long-awaited facility for our Lady Bruins. The addition of the separate multi-use locker rooms will allow many options for our sports teams and will serve as a much-needed separation between home and visiting teams. We are also thankful for the well-thought-out design plan and to the Buildings and Grounds Committee for gathering input from all stakeholders during the design stages."
This announcement comes after many months of planning and is benefited from generous contributions to the Imagine More capital campaign and specifically generous
gifts-in-kind from Southeastern Reinforcing, BT Redi-Mix, Williams Steel Company, Garrett Plumbing and Heating, Southern Electric, and MG Construction.
Buildings and Grounds Committee Chairman Jeff Watlington says, "It is exciting to see the University School of Jackson continue to lead the way in providing opportunities and resources for young women. This newest facility will be just one of the many ways the USJ community provides our Lady Bruins opportunities for excellence in arts, academics, and athletics. We are grateful to the many donors who have chosen to make a positive impact on the young women of USJ for generations to come.”
A groundbreaking ceremony will be announced at a later date. However, construction is slated to begin by early November with a six- to eight-month duration to completion.
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