NORMAN, Okla. - Construction crews recently broke ground on a state-of-the-art 7,000 square foot addition to the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center - home of both the OU men's and women's gymnastics programs.
Funded entirely by private donations without the use of any state or university appropriated funds, the project includes a complete renovation of the current gym, locker rooms, sports medicine training rooms and the awards recognition room.
A new storage area, a reconfiguration of foam and resi pits and an outdoor patio also highlight the renovation. Parking will also be added on the North end of the facility.
"Oklahoma's commitment to the Sam Viersen facility project will enhance what is already an amazing experience for our student-athletes," said OU women's gymnastics head coach K.J. Kindler.
Along with the existing structure that bared its name, the Viersen Family Foundation provided an additional commitment to help fund the renovation.
"All of the renovations are going to increase our competitiveness and our ability to bring in the best and brightest student-athletes as we continue the run of championships both programs have had," said OU men's gymnastics head coach Mark Williams.
Along with the renovations slated for completion in 2009, a new state-of-the-art team conference room was constructed and dedicated during the 2008 competition season. Named after legendary Oklahoma women's gymnastics coach Becky Switzer, the meeting room provides a pioneering facility for team meetings, video review sessions and team building activities. Complete with a plasma tv, wood floors, custom cabinetry, custom gymnastics artwork and computer workstations, this addition provides an area for the team to unite.
One of only a handful of freestanding, co-ed college gyms in the country, the revolutionary addition will keep the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center as one of the nation's premier collegiate gymnastics facilities.