Posted: 10:50 am Friday, June 13th, 2014

Tech weight room getting facelift 

By Ken Sugiura

It isn’t a significant change, but Georgia Tech’s football weight room is getting a makeover over the summer and is expected to be ready by Aug. 1.

The weight room, which is underneath the Wardlaw Building on North Avenue beyond the south end zone of Bobby Dodd Stadium, serves 11 of Tech’s 17 varsity teams. The roughly $1 million project will include new weightlifting equipment, new flooring and aesthetic tweaks.

“We’re really just refreshing it,” senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said.

Perhaps the most noticeable change will be the opening up of the entrance. The project includes the creation of a glass “storefront” appearance on the north face of the room that will be more visually appealing (if no more functional) and permit more light than the double doors that were previously in place on the west side.

The 10,000-square foot space will have room for 22 weightlifting platforms as well as other stations. Some repairs were necessary, as parts of the floor were buckling and carpeting in an adjacent room was worn.

The renovation will also include a new juice bar and the addition of graphic elements, like photos or posters, and large-screen televisions to be hung on the walls.

The project began in late May, part of the seemingly never-ending process of updating facilities with an eye on making an impression on recruits. In the meantime, the weight equipment has been moved to the indoor football practice building.

The re-done weight room is expected to be ready by the beginning of August, with all of the cosmetic changes to be finished by the end of August. No lead gift for the project has been given.

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The interior of the Georgia Tech weight room, under construction. Most of the space will be taken up by 22 lifting platforms.

 

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The exterior of the weight room beneath the Wardlaw Building. The visible door (with yellow tape) is the current entrance, but that will be closed up and the new entrance will be created on the adjacent wall, a glass “storefront” look with graphic elements to make the facility more visually appealing.

9 comments
cdiesel
cdiesel

 I train down at tech and they still talk about Pasanella!  I was hoping they would post the renderings of the new space!  The ones I've seen look amazing!

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

Dave Pasanella was a friend of mine and put together what was the finest football weight training facility in the nation at the time. Dave was one of the strongest powerlifters in the country before he was killed in that freak traffic accident in 1989: he was still in his twenties. Dave and Jim Lathrop, his assistant and Lawton Hydrick, Dave's immediate supervisor (who gave Dave complete control over the selection of the equipment and the weight training program) were responsible for putting a bunch of football players on the field who physically manhandled Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl and won the National Championship. 

The current weight training coach would do well to get the training program that Pasanella and Lathrop developed and used, because there has never been a stronger Tech team than the 1990 team.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

well if it's on North Ave. under the North stands, right near from the interstate, then maybe a nice thing would be in addition to the juice bar a Varsity satellite restaurant and maybe a small Chinese buffet

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

 Main ingredient:  don't forget the Dave Pasanella honor section. Never gone, Never forgotten, GT all the way.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Tech's weight room was already impressive to recruits prior to the upgrades. Once they're complete, they should be second to none. Couple that with the Jacket's indoor practice facility, and it should be clear that GA Tech is making significant investments in their football facilities that will benefit the players.

With the rich history of Yellow Jacket football, having the chance to play in historic Grant field in beautiful Atlanta, GA, where one in six graduates go on to become millionaires so the education you receive sets you up financially even if you don't play pro ball, one would hope recruits would appreciate what GA Tech would offer them.

MartyFischer
MartyFischer

@JacketMan Should be a great addition.  Lots of schools are upgrading facilities to keep up with recruiting.  The new Georgia Southern weight room located in the soon to be completed 50,000 sq. ft. football operations center that overlooking  Paulson Stadium is 12,000 sq. ft. with a small adjacent outdoor workout field for short sprints and quickness work.