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STOCKTON — The University of the Pacific officially broke ground Monday afternoon on a performance center for student-athletes.
The $1.5 million Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center will add 2,861 square feet to the university’s gymnasium. The facility will provide exercise equipment and weights for strength and conditioning training as well as a “fuel station” that will offer quick, nutritious snacks for student-athletes. It is expected to open next May.
“We’re getting a beautiful facility,” said Pacific’s athletic director, Ted Leland.
The $1 million in seed money for the performance center was donated by business leaders Kathleen Lagorio-Janssen and Dean Janssen.
Lagorio-Janssen chairs the university’s Board of Regents and is an alumna of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education.
“Now it’s time to take our game to the next level,” Lagorio-Janssen said during Monday’s ceremony.
In all, 160 individuals donated money for the performance center.
Construction has also begun on the $4 million Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center. That facility will feature patios and shaded areas and will bring the clubhouse project to 9,500 square feet. The tennis center was paid for in part by a $2 million donation by former Pacific student and professional tennis player Eve Zimmerman.
Both projects are expected to employ 170 construction workers through the spring and are projected to inject as much as $7.6 million into San Joaquin County’s economy.
The performance center was designed by Stockton architect Tom Bowe, of WMB Architecture. Pacific Construction is the contractor.
The performance center and the tennis clubhouse are part of Pacific’s long-range plan to give students and the wider community some of the finest athletics facilities on the West Coast.
The Janssens also made the leadership donation for the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium, which was built in 2009.
That gymnasium serves as the practice facility for Pacific’s basketball and volleyball teams, as well as for campus recreational sports, and is a popular venue for community and special events.