Chaminade Julienne is putting the final touches on its new Student Conditioning Center in anticipation for the special student and parent preview at Meet the Eagles Night Thursday, August 19.
“The new Chaminade Julienne Student Conditioning Center is a facility unlike any other in the Miami Valley and perhaps the entire Midwest,” said project coordinator Steve Budde '69. A grand opening ceremony is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the President’s Leadership Reception, however students can expect to start using the center in August.
“Perhaps the jewel of the facility is the weight and conditioning area,” Budde said. Equipped with $125,000 worth of fitness machines courtesy of a Chaminade alumnus, the Student Conditioning Center is an upgrade nearly 40 percent larger than the former athletic training building, the Faust Center.
The 25,000-square-foot facility on Eaker Street also features a indoor multi-sport surface, a multi-purpose room which will help accommodate wrestling, and an outdoor sport field turf over 60 yards in length. These venues are available for all students to condition as well as physical education classes and CJ’s sport programs. “For years, CJ Eagles will be able to utilize what is really a phenomenal facility,” Budde said.
The Student Conditioning Center is the first new building developed on CJ’s campus in 25 years and Dan Meixner '84, CJ president, is making sure its use maximizes all students’ success. “Our view is that it is customizable to be used in a whole lot of ways for a variety of student activities.”
Administrators have begun to look at utilizing the center for student activities such as the freshmen retreat and sophomore leadership day. “We hope to make it available to youth leagues, specifically seventh and eighth grade basketball, and to parents and alumni as well,” Meixner said. The Student Conditioning Center is the first step towards the completion of CJ’s Campus Master Plan, he added. The plan contains provisions for future improvements including a field house and a multi-purpose stadium.
Student Conditoning Center