Out with the old, in the the new
Mount St. Helens-like, the top of Gentry Gymnasium has already disappeared in this photo taken on February 10, 2006. For a current real-time view of dismantling progress (and later, construction of the Centennial Complex), check the Internet live-cam site at <www.llu.edu/centennial/complex/construction.html>.
Progress sometimes means replacing the old with the new.
In Seattle, Washington, a controlled implosion in March of 2000 flattened the Kingdome sports stadium—a city landmark since its completion in 1976—to make way for two new sports venues: Qwest Field and Safeco Field.
And at Loma Linda too, progress sometimes means replacing the old with the new. Currently, Gentry Gymnasium, opened in 1968, is being dismantled to make room for a major new teaching and learning center—the Centennial Complex. But note that Gentry is being dismantled, not demolished. The geodesic dome at the north end of the campus is being carefully disassembled and will be reconstructed on property owned by the Loma Linda Spanish Church on New Jersey Street. Keys to the facility were handed to church leaders in a ceremony on January 13.
The relocation of Gentry Gymnasium will clear the way for construction to begin on Loma Linda’s most ambitious and significant new academic building in 20 years. When completed, the multi-story Centennial Complex will house classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other state-of-the-art educational facilities. Key elements of the new complex will include an anatomy pavilion, an educational technology center, a skills assessment center, and two large amphitheaters.
“We’re very pleased with progress toward the Centennial Complex campaign goal,” says Carolyn Fagal Cales, executive director for the campaign and major gifts. “Our ever-growing number of donors continue to generously express their support of this vital project, and clearly, they understand its value to the students and teachers who will benefit from it.”
For ongoing reports on progress toward the completion of the Centennial Complex—including its funding and upcoming construction—check this column in each issue of TODAY. Upcoming columns will also feature interviews with key personnel involved in the Centennial Complex project as well as detailed descriptions of the various features of the new facility.
A rendering of the architect’s plan for the Centennial Complex, as prepared by Tom Elander, a senior associate with Cannon Design in Los Angeles, California.