Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

January 13, 2014

Renovating the fit

Demolition work under way at NSU Fitness Center

TAHLEQUAH — With the facility closed and its equipment displaced for nearly a year, the Northeastern State University Fitness Center is undergoing the first phase of its renovation.

Many Tahlequah citizens anticipate the reopening of the Fitness Center for access to exercise equipment and a swimming pool. Weights, treadmills and other equipment were moved into the student lounge area in the basement of the University Center as a temporary measure.

“The demolition crew is on site,” said Tim Foutch, vice president for operations. “We have begun the initial phases of the demolition work. The second phase should start within a couple of weeks.”

Following the demolition phase, excavation and other earth-moving work will begin.

“People will begin to see the footprint of the building,” Foutch said. “Once the demolition and site work is complete, we anticipate asking for a second series of bids in March for concrete work and to add other building components in the spring and summer. We are not certain of a completion date at this time, but we do expect the work to end in the early fall.”

The pool has been closed since Sept. 17, 2012, when concerns arose during an assessment of the Fitness Center’s maintenance needs. Initially, NSU intended to delay closing the pool until the general renovation began, but a complaint from a patron prompted an inspection by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Though inspectors said the original complaint was without real basis, other findings necessitated an early closure and left Tahlequah minus a popular indoor pool.

Foutch said the new pool configuration will not change.

“It will look much as it did before,” he said. “However, the pool shell will be replaced, as will the pool surface, and there will be a new filtration system. It will also meet [Americans With Disabilities Act] requirements, and all deferred maintenance issues will be resolved.”

Foutch said among the new features of the Fitness Center are a second basketball court, an indoor walking track, and an expanded area for exercise equipment.

“The Department of Health and Kinesiology will also move its classes and labs into the facility from Jack Dobbins Field House,” he said.

“The Student Health Center will move there from the first floor of Wyly Hall. Of course, the Fitness Center staff offices will return, and there will be locker rooms and showers for those with membership.”

Membership to the new Fitness Center will be open to the public. Foutch said the new membership fees are not yet determined.

“The other component of membership is that, because a student fee is paying for this renovation, students will be allowed to use the Fitness Center free of charge,” Foutch said. “Once the renovation is completed, part of the fee will be used to fund continuing operation, so we believe there is no reason to further charge students for membership.”

Foutch said the Fitness Center renovation is a top priority for the Division of Operations.

“The pool is not available and all the equipment is in the UC,” he said.

“Obviously we want to get the work done quickly and give our students and the community a better fitness experience.”



Text Only
Local News
  • ts-marching-MAIN.jpg Marching in step

    Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band kicks off 2014 season with summer drills.

    The Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band has added 30-35 freshmen to its roster this year, and drills began for the newest members last Thursday.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • studie-roberta.jpg Woman accused of stealing cash, taking it to casino

    A 35-year-old Tahlequah woman is free on bond after she allegedly took $1,200 from a man who had been jailed for old warrants.
    Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with Jason Jones last week after Jones was arrested by park rangers for the outstanding warrants. Jones said he came to Oklahoma to see family, and when he was arrested, he left his wallet and cash with one of his daughters.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Hepatitis.jpg Hepatitis vaccinations important today

    The phrase “back to school” may be disdained by kids for many reasons, including a trip to the doctor’s office to update immunizations.
    But hepatitis cases in Oklahoma provide a good example of why these vaccinations are important.
    “There was a time when Hepatitis A was just crazy in Oklahoma. The state was actually known for it,” said Becky Coffman, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma Health Department’s Acute Disease Service.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • hood-raymond.jpg One man caught, another sought after foot chase

    Two people tried to escape sheriff’s deputies, and one was successful, after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 62 last weekend.
    Deputy Bryan Qualls was on the highway when he noticed a red Chevrolet Avalanche matching the description of a truck that had been spotted at the scene of a recent burglary.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Detectives investigate deaths of two elderly residents

    Incident may be murder-suicide

    Tahlequah police detectives believe the deaths of two elderly Cherokee County residents are part of a murder-suicide that took place July 24-25.

    July 29, 2014

  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating