Facility Friday: Howard Community College's MAC, Miami Beach Adaptive Fitness, Rider U. Arena Project | Athletic Business

Facility Friday: Howard Community College's MAC, Miami Beach Adaptive Fitness, Rider U. Arena Project

In Columbia, Md., Howard Community College held a groundbreaking celebration last week for its planned Mathematics and Athletics Complex. Construction on the fused facility will begin later this summer with an estimated completion in 2024.



The complex will be four floors, situated on the site of the current athletics center. Once built, the Mathematics and Athletics Complex will stand at 193,000 square feet, at a cost of $101.7 million. The capital project is funded by Howard County and the state of Maryland.

The new facility will address space challenges on campus. The mathematics division is housed in a former office building with inflexible instructional spaces. The existing athletics and fitness center was constructed in 1969 and is operating far beyond its structural life. The future Mathematics and Athletics Complex will better serve credit and noncredit programs; faculty, staff, and students; and the broader Howard County community.

“Math underpins much of the science behind athletics, physical agility, and fitness, and this new Mathematics and Athletics Complex will allow HCC students to study velocity, balance, force, and strength as it relates to their bodies and their physical environment,” said Maryland Senator Clarence Lam, co-chair of the Howard County Delegation.

The athletics area will include a competition gym, multipurpose gym, locker rooms, classroom, fitness center, and strength and conditioning room. The new complex will also feature a math learning center, class labs, study lounge, maker space, and a research area.

The architectural firm for the Mathematics and Athletics Complex is Ayers Saint Gross, and the construction manager is Gilbane Building Co. — Howardcc.edu



City of Miami Beach votes on $2.5 million deal to build nation’s first adaptive fitness center for people with disabilities

An organization is building a pathway to fitness for those with disabilities.

A new fitness center in Miami Beach is planned to be adaptive and inclusive of people of many abilities. The city’s commission voted this week on a $2.5 million deal to get one step closer toward what is reportedly the first of its kind in the United States.

The future facility, to be built on 53rd Street and Collins Avenue, will be a three-story, 27,000-square foot center with an all inclusive design. It will offer daily physical fitness programs, a rooftop pool with aqua therapy and a fully accessible beachside program.

It will cater to people with all needs, from being wheelchair bound to those with autism and everything in between.

The idea was spearheaded by the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, which still needs to raise about $8 million. — WSVN.com



Rider University in Lawrence Township, N.J., plans to transform its Alumni Gym into a modern NCAA Division I arena. The project, which promises to enhance the game-day experience for fans and students, has steadily advanced since it was first announced in 2019.

The university has raised more than $11 million of the $18.2 million needed for the facility so far, which is more than 60 percent of the goal.

The Rider Arena Project will provide luxury box seating with an entertainment suite, add a center-hung scoreboard with digital display, create a new and more spacious lobby with distinct ticketing and concession areas, install more restrooms and expand seating along the baseline and in corners.

The upgrades will also include a significant expansion of the existing Sports Medicine Center, a dedicated locker room for volleyball players and a new $1.7 million strength and conditioning center for student-athletes.

Over the years, the complex has also added a practice facility and renovated men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms and coaches’ offices.The main court’s transformation has brought the installation of new flooring, lighting, sound and video systems. In addition to new courtside and other seating, better sightlines have been created and walkway tunnels were established for better crowd flow. — Rider.edu

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