SMC BREAKS GROUND ON STUDENT ATHLETE PERFORMANCE COMPLEX

MORAGA, Calif. – The initial phase of the Student Athlete Performance Complex has officially begun on the Saint Mary’s College of California campus, kicking off with renovations to McKeon Pavilion.

The work involved in Phase One will benefit student-athletes and fans of the Gaels. Over the next three and a half months, McKeon Pavilion will see upgrades to the fan experience as well as life safety improvements.

“This past week has been a monumental step forward for the Saint Mary’s Athletic Department,” Director of Athletics Mike Matoso said. “To begin renovations to McKeon Pavilion is something this community and fan base has been looking forward to for years. This is the start of many positive moves towards building the complete Student Athlete Performance Complex. Once again, thank you to all of the donors and season ticket holders that have made this project a reality.”

The fan experience upgrades include the installation of a new state-of-the-art Daktronics video board, spanning 48-feet wide on the east side of the building. A new Daktronics sound-system is also being installed to help enhance the sound quality inside the pavilion, including the lobby and restrooms. A new Musco lighting system, floor and branding will be the final touches inside the pavilion in August.

One of the initial steps underway is the seismic retrofitting of the 40-year-old pavilion, including four exterior buttresses. In the coming weeks, a new roof and fire sprinklers will be installed throughout the pavilion. Also underway in the lobby is the addition of ADA restrooms.

The first month has seen the removal of old equipment in and around the pavilion, including scoreboards, sound system, temporary office trailers and the demolition of concrete.

Saint Mary’s has entrusted the work of Cahill Contractors as the general contractor of the project. Cahill Contractors has been a Bay Area staple, dating back to 1911.

Phase One is scheduled to be completed in August of 2018, kicking off the fall athletic season with volleyball competitions in the renovated pavilion.

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About Saint Mary’s College:
The Saint Mary's College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. Saint Mary's has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings. The College also ranked 19th for Best Value for Western regional universities, fifth in California for Best Online MBA programs, and was also named in Princeton Review's annual The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 edition. For more information visit Saint Mary's College at stmarys-ca.edu.

About Saint Mary's College Athletics:
The Saint Mary's Department of Athletics sponsors 16 NCAA Division I championship sports with nearly 300 student-athletes that compete in the West Coast Conference. The Gaels boast 19 combined WCC championships and 30 NCAA Tournament appearances in their history. The men's basketball program is the winningest program in California over the last decade and has won or shared three of the last six WCC titles, recently advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The program now has the longest active win streak in Division I men's basketball at 19 games and has won 14 straight road games, the longest streak in the country. The women's basketball team has won 20 games for six straight years, and the College annually ranks among the leaders in the WCC Commissioner's Cup, including a second-place and third-place finish the previous two years. For more information visit SMCGaels.com.