CONSTRUCTION of the first sports center and dormitory for scholars and athletes of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is coming along well with the facility set to open its doors by August.
A five-storey structure, the Benilde Sports-Dorm Building will be the home of varsity players of different sports programs such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and swimming. It will likewise feature studios and training rooms for taekwondo and other martial arts, a gym for weight and endurance drills, plus other physical therapy amenities.
In addition for athletes to have the access to several athletic facilities, the property is proposed to provide the necessary services for scholars to be more responsive to their academic needs.
The building, which broke ground in 2017, will likewise allocate accommodation for transient guests, such as visiting professors, lecturers, and exchange students from the partnerships with different academic and non-academic organizations and private corporations.
Located at a 4,196.8-square mater lot area at the end of San Isidro St. in Pasay City, the Sports-Dorm Building, too, is touted as introducing an inclusive approach for persons with disabilities.
Design-wise, the building is incorporating structure and elements consistent for tropical countries, taking into consideration proper natural ventilation and solar orientation for specific areas, fortified by advance engineering technology, the school officials said.
“The Sports-Dorm Building will serve as a sports center that can be called Home of the Blazers. It will be convenient for the athletes. They will not need to travel early in the morning from their respective homes for training. Once done, they return back to the dorm to prepare for school,” shared Stephen Fernandez, Director of the College’s Center for Sports Development. Adding, “It will likewise have sports facilities that are in accordance with internationals standards.”
The Sports-Dorm Building is part of the school’s Benilde Campus Development Master Plan (Benilde CDMP), which is designed to identify major infrastructure development in line with the push to constantly grow the institution. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo