Project Renovations Wrapping Up at Berry’s Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium
for Football Team’s Inaugural Year
Berry College and Carter have been hard at work during their final week of renovations on the Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium.
Finishing touches are being put on the gym, including the installation of logos on the hardwood floor. The install of the lockers for football and men’s and women’s lacrosse started Monday and are anticipated to be complete by end-of-week. Each locker will be custom-made for Berry College.
Perhaps most impressive is the transformation of the former pool into a new training room that will be used for lacrosse, tennis and football training.
Before: February 2013 After: July 2013
Todd Bradford, Carter’s director of education for the project, said, “There will be a football camp this coming Saturday, so finishing touches and cleaning are underway to provide them with a first class facility as they gather for the first time. The weight training facility that will be utilized by all collegiate sports teams on campus was outfitted with the latest in strength training equipment a few weeks ago. Also, the athletic trainer area has been fitted out with treatment tables and hydro-therapy tubs for caring for the student athletes that will call Richards home.”
Outside, sod has already been laid for the new practice fields. Berry’s new football team, the Vikings, will use the facility this fall for their first football season.
The project began construction in late February after many hours of planning and cost-savings ideas were employed by Berry Facilities, Carter and the project team (EA Benefield, contractor; Cooper Carry, architect). Berry will field its first football team and open its season in September 2013. They are one of twelve schools adding the sport this year, according to the National Football Foundation.
Take a look at the latest video below for a renovation tour from Berry College’s Assistant Coach Nate Masters.