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other groups at VMI, in addition to providing a home to the NCAA track
and field teams.
Key features of the facility include an indoor track, a high ropes course,
an indoor obstacle training course, a weight and cardio training room,
and a 35-foot-high climbing wall. The facility will also include locker
rooms, offices, and parking below the main level.
The facility will be built with sustainability in mind. A green roof
on the Main Street side of the building will absorb and filter storm
water while helping to keep the building cool. Efficient lighting and
plumbing systems will reduce energy and water usage, and, by using a
passive downdraft ventilation system, the facility will save an estimated
30 percent in HVAC energy use over that of conventional systems.
Phase two of the Corps Physical Training Facilities project will include
the renovation of Cormack and Cocke halls.
Cormack Hall will be completely renovated to house the physical
education department. The two-story floor plan will accommodate
faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories. Space will also be provided
to support wrestling and club sports.
“This will be a great home for our physical education department,”
said Clark. “This is really going to support the new exercise science
minor in a strong way, and it’s going to give the program an excellent
facility to meet in. A joint effort of the physical education and biology
department, the exercise science minor will be introduced this fall.
Cocke Hall will also undergo a complete modernization and will
continue to serve as a resource for cadet fitness. Cocke Hall’s existing
resources will be improved and training areas will be expanded. The
facility will also support the entire VMI community by providing locker
rooms to faculty and staff.
Physical Training Facilities
Cormack Hall will be completely modernized to provide a home
for VMI’s department of physical education.
A high ropes course (lining the ceiling), rock wall (on the left), and track will be among the features of the indoor training facility.
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