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PCC West Campus Celebrates Upgraded Facility

December 7, 2012

Raymond Suarez
Pima Community College
Sports Information
Office: 520-206-3035

PCC West Campus Celebrates Upgraded Facility

 Tucson, AZ –The Pima Community College West Campus held its Fitness and Sports Science Center (FSSC) Open House on Friday to commemorate the newly renovated building.

Members of the various campuses and the general public were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the facility which included upgrades to the locker rooms and weight room facility and equipment. Marana Health Care Center, Northwest Campus Therapeutic Massage Program, University of Arizona Health Plans and NextCare Inc. had booths set up for the event.    

Dr. Louis Albert, President of Pima’s West Campus, gave a speech about the renovated facility and was joined by Governing Board Member Sherryn “Vicki” Marshall, Executive Athletic Director Edgar Soto and FSSC Department Chair Susan Heinrich, for the ribbon-cutting.

“This facility is here to meet the needs of our Fitness and Sports Science students, our student athletes and the community at large,” Dr. Albert said. “Our ability to serve these constituents is greatly enhanced by this newly-renovated center!”

Soto sees nothing but positives for Athletics.

"We're fortunate to have this facility and our student athletes as well as the community will benefit greatly from its use,” Soto said. “The Pima Community College Athletics staff, coaches and athletes are thankful for it. This will help in our recruiting incoming students-athletes from Pima County and Southern Arizona for years to come."

Heinrich, who’s been in the same office at the FSSC building for over 20 years, sees many positive responses from people who use the new facility and knows many issues were addressed in the renovation.

“The new layout and equipment in the fitness center allows for better student access and sharing space with Athletics,” Heinrich said. “The air conditioning and the showers make a big difference. In the summer, early fall and late spring semesters, it would get so hot with just the evaporative cooler. It was hard for people to work out and be safe.”

Heinrich said the new televisions installed in the fitness center give it more of a community atmosphere. She emphasized the space of the revamped facility and how it has helped.

“I love seeing that the athletic training area is so much bigger because our trainers are phenomenal and they do so much with the athletes. Now they have space to do some therapy with them and it’s not in the hallway.”

Heinrich wanted to encourage all within Pima Community College as well as the general public to take advantage of the fitness center and the classes offered.