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Oct. 1 PE Ribbon Cutting

KENTFIELD, Calif.—Sept 29 , 2009--On Thursday, Oct. 1, College of Marin will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand reopening of the Diamond Physical Education Center. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend this event celebrating the opening of the first major Measure C-funded facilities project. COM's Physical Education Staff will roll out the red carpet for visitors to get a look at the newly remodeled athletics facility. Please join us for tours and refreshments.

The Diamond PE Center was built in 1965, after the original P.E. building burned down. The 42,388 sq. ft. refurbished center features photovoltaic technology, which is expected to provide half of the electrical energy required to run the facility; a new gym floor, lighting, and mechanical systems; refurbished roof; renovation of the entire gym; ADA upgrades, solar thermal to heat the pool; and reconfigured locker rooms to provide equal space for men and women. The locker room reconfiguration allowed for the addition of two new classrooms. The building is named in honor of Irwin P. “Red” Diamond, who came to College of Marin as a young coach in 1947 and went on to become the eighth superintendent/president of the college in 1981. Diamond retired in 1984.

The newly renovated facility includes additional landscaped and resilient surfaces outside of the weight room and fitness room to create energy and serenity gardens. The resilient surfaces are made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials and provide outdoor work-out areas.
The tile mosaic of the college seal was relocated from the interior courtyard to the gym entry. During the relocation process, great care was taken to clean and repair the original mosaic tiles. The new location of the seal serves as a welcoming beacon to a center of activity for all those who pass over it.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature guest of honor, Irwin P. Diamond. There will be tours of the building and demonstration classes, including a basketball scrimmage on the new indoor court, weight training, and yoga class among others. Event will take place at the Diamond Physical Education Center, College Ave., Kentfield, CA.

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