Face-lift for the gym will be completed next year
|A face lifted gym will be opened at the National Chengchi University (NCCU) next year. Photo: Physical Education Office (PEO).|
By Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)
A face lifted gym will be opened at the National Chengchi University (NCCU) next year, the Physical Education Office (PEO) said in summer vacation.
The old gym was closed during the summer and the PEO has been relocated to the second floor of Fongyu Building (風雩樓) prior to the process .
“We will not only see a gym with new appearance but also many new facilities,” said the PEO Chairman Wang Ching-chung (王清欉). “And we will be expecting many games and events at the new gym.”
NCCU’s old gym was completed and opened in 1980. PEO said that when the gym was launched, it was the best gym of its kinds at other universities in Taiwan, while many people would come to NCCU for simply visiting the gym. But, the gym is too old to remain regular functions and needs to be fixed.
“You can see the ugly wall outside,” Wang said. “That is because the pipes are broken, water is leaking, and the steel bars inside are rusted.”
Wang said that related pipes, wires and related facilities will be renewed or replaced during the renovation process.
Wang said that the location of the gym is next to the river – Jingmei Stream (景美溪) – and it is complicated and time-consuming to rebuild a brand new gym by following related laws today, so the PEO decided to renovate it instead.
The renovation plan includes replacing the roof, floor, windows, lighting system , while all the pipes and wires will be renewed during the one-year process.
“In the meantime, we will update our facilities to meet different needs,” Wang said.
Wang also hoped to apply for the international authentication of gymnasium, while PEO will organize more international events for potential resources for NCCU.
During the renovation process, PEO has decided replacement location for students and faculty members to maintain regular classes and exercise, too.
In addition, students and faculty members will also have the access to related facilities at the Affiliated High School of NCCU and the Affiliated Experimental Elementary School of NCCU next year.
“And the annual Sports Day will remain,” Wang said.
Wang said that it will cost NT$300 million (US$10 million) to finish the renovation and the entire budget came from the donation by Ruentex Financial Group Chairman Samuel Yin (尹衍樑), who is an alumnus from Department of Business Administration.