Seed money for the project started with a $10 million grant in 2007 slated for campus facility improvements from the El Pomar Foundation.
Press, a member of the CC Board of Trustees, donated $3.5 million to his alma mater and for that, he had the new fitness center named for him.
“I was the skinniest kid at CC so I enjoy the irony of the fitness center being named for me,” Press told a crowd of about 350 for the ribbon cutting. “To be honest, I’m not sure if the college had a great fitness facility at the time that I would have even known where it was.”
“Besides there are very few buildings where you can get your name that big,” he joked, pointing to the building sign behind him.
In addition to the3 0,000-square-foot fitness center addition, an 11,000-foot southern addition along Cache La Poudre Street houses the athletic administration offices.
Extensive renovations to the existing facility created room for the new Jerry Carle fitness center and weight room (6,200 square feet) for varsity athletes and a larger sports medicine center named for former CC hockey great Bill ‘Red” Hay
The architects were Oz Architecture, which provided the image of the new fitness center. The contractor was Gerald H. Phipps.