Robert Morris’ Island Sports Center undergoing major renovations

The Island Sports Center, home to both the men’s and women’s teams at Robert Morris, is getting a major revamp this summer.

The rink has been the home of RMU men’s hockey since 2004 and the women’s program since 2005.

Phase 1 of this extensive project, carried out by Graziano Construction, will result in a complete revamp of the men’s and women’s locker rooms, including new stalls, carpet, dry areas and an additional 1,000 square feet added to the general locker room complex.

“We are very appreciative to continue to upgrade our facilities,” Colonials men’s coach Derek Schooley said in a news release. “Over the past few years, several teams in our conference have built new rinks or have done renovations to their buildings. We are very excited for these changes to our players’ area. These updates will help the RMU Island Sports Center to continue to be one of the premier rinks in Atlantic Hockey.”

The athletic training room will double in size from 200 to 400 square feet, while the equipment area and laundry room for both programs will be completely redone and coaches’ offices will also get a facelift.

“We are all very excited about the renovation of the hockey wing,” said RMU women’s coach Paul Colontino in the same release. “This will not only update the area, but also provide a better workflow and additional resources for our student-athletes. This will complement the 2012 renovation of the weight room nicely.”

There will also be a players-only entrance added as part of the renovations, which are on schedule to be completed before the start of the fall semester.

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