Raising the walls
Construction crews are making up for lost time, quickly pouring walls for the new $10 million McCook Community College Events Center. The 53,000 square-foot facility will feature a competition gymnasium with retractable seating for up to 2,000 spectators, and an auxiliary practice gym for the college's six intercollegiate sports program. The main floor will feature cardiovascular and weight training areas, concession and gathering areas, seven offices plus a conference room. The lower level will have four locker rooms, restrooms, showers, laundry and storage areas. It replaces True Hall Gymnasium, built in 1939. Officials say the Events Center will support recruitment and retention of students, provide a venue for high school and college games, regional tournaments and athletic camps and offer a multi-functional space for college, community and public service activities, programs, meetings and conferences.