It’s summer break on The Hill which means another busy construction schedule at Syracuse University.
One of the biggest projects is the total renovation of Archibold Gymnasium and turning it into The Barnes Center at The Arch.
SU Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala says, “It will be a state of the art facility that isn’t just a rec center, our health and wellness will also be part of this building.”
The Barnes Center at The Arch will feature things like a track on the top floor, a brand new Olympic size pool, as well as gyms and a massive workout area with brand new equipment of every variety.
The facility will also include counseling areas, meditation rooms, even an E-Sports area.
Right now the project is in a massive demolition phase, including tearing off the facades on each side of a majority of the building.
“That all gets replaced, a lot more glass. It’ll be much more open. As you drive down Sims Drive you’ll see into the building where there will be a 4-story rock climbing wall.” Sala tells NewsChannel 9.
Inside the original building, built in 1908, workers discovered the old swimming pool. It had been covered over after the fire there in 1947.
Sala says, “The entry was changed after the fire, we’re going to bring it back to its iconic entry so it matches the old row of Carnegie and Bowne Hall those buildings built in the early 1900’s, it will be absolutely beautiful.”
He says the entire project is environmentally mindful too with 2,500 tons of material already taken out to be recycled.
A Save The Rain effort will collect rain and snow melt off both The Dome and The Arch.
The Barnes Center at the Arch is due to be completed next summer, Sala says, which also happens to be about the same time the Carrier Dome project gets into full swing.