Physical Education and Aquatics Center Opens at Cal Maritime
(VALLEJO, CA – October 11, 2014) – Cal Maritime's new Physical Education and Aquatics Center has opened, replacing Mayo Hall which was built in 1945. The old gym was constructed to accommodate a student population of 200. These days Cal Maritime has 1200 students.
A ribbon cutting for the new facility was held October 11 during Homecoming festivities on campus. Positioned near the entrance to Cal Maritime where Maritime Academy Drive meets Sonoma Boulevard, the new facility – the exterior of which features Cal Maritime's distinctive compass rose logo – is visible from Interstate 80. Construction began in the spring of 2013.
"This building tells a story," said Cal Maritime President Thomas Cropper. "It's a story of passion, and we have a chance to write the next chapter."
The 76,000 square foot center addresses a shortage of space for the Academy's physical education and licensing programs, as well as many of the school's athletics programs. Its features include:
•An Olympic size swimming pool with bleachers
•A survival training platform with hoist
•A main gymnasium with one basketball court, three full-size volleyball courts, and seating for 635
•An auxiliary gymnasium with a full-size volleyball court and half-size basketball court