After 25 years, the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Gymnasium has received some much needed enhancements. New bleachers and a retractable ceiling mounted divider curtain were installed over the winter break. The new bleachers are motorized for easy stowaway and safety. In addition, the bleacher design adds wheelchair seating areas to support ADA requirements. The divider curtain is also motorized for quick retraction into the gym rafters.
The funds for the improvements were allocated through NOVA’s Auxiliary Services Office.
“A top priority is to reinvest auxiliary revenue back to student-centered resources and spaces,” said Auxiliary Services Director Cory Thompson. “Auxiliary fund proceeds come from campus vending, bookstore and other services on campus that support students while on campus and even off campus.”
Over the past three years, other minor projects have been done to help modernize the facility also with the support of Auxiliary Services. The upgrades have been coordinated with the Ernst Center staff along with College-wide Student Life and Athletics.
“We are thrilled to have been able to modernize the gym by adding new scoreboards, a new court floor, basketball backboards and backstops, and acoustic panels have all been recently added,” said Brian Anweiler, college-wide student life director.
In addition to the gymnasium enhancements, new seating is slated to be added to the Ernst Theater later this year.
Several of the enhancement projects were completed under the direction of Facilities Planning and Support Services. The Ernst Cultural and Community Center opened in 1991 on the Annandale Campus.