September 22, 2014 - A long awaited dream is finally becoming a reality for Mesa's Exercise Science program as ground was broken for Mesa's Fitness Center. The ground breaking ceramony was full of excitement as many saw the scaled model of the new building for the first time as well as the rendings for the buildings interior design. Department Chair and head of Mesa's Dance department, Jan Ellis gave a powerful speech thanking the voters of San Diego who passed Propositions S and N, which funded the project. She also addressed the school's great need for a facility of this type and all the benefits that the Fitness Center will offer the Mesa population. Following Ellis was student-athlete, Tiarah Tucker, a sophomore volleyball player. Tucker gave a unique perspective on what the fitness center will mean to student-athletes like her and how it will encourage others to be active and be excited about coming to school. The Fitness Center wasn't the only building being celebrated that day. Mesa will also be getting a new cafeteria, Culinary Arts classrooms, bookstore, commons area and stockroom which will be located next door to the Fitness Center.
The idea of the Fitness Center was first conceived in 2000 and now it's become an official plan with a completion date of July 2015. The fitness center will house a fitness area with state of the art fitness equipment, a spin bike room, pilates studio, cardio/stretching area, athletic training room, dance rooms and new offices for the faculty and staff all under one roof. The fitness center was planned with sustainibility and open spaces in mind and will nurture the physical and mental well being of Mesa's students and student-atheltes.
Mesa faculty and staff "break ground" on the new buildings
Tiarah Tucker gives her speech
Jan Ellis, Dave Evans, President Pam Luster, Kim Lester, Tiarah Tucker