This fall, Columbia residents will have even more incentive to work out, once the Columbia Athletic Club reopens its doors after a $7 million, two phase renovation.
The 40-plus-year-old building is one of the Columbia Association’s (CA) oldest structures. While it has undergone renovations and upgrades over the years, the association recently undertook a substantial face lift, according to Dan Burns, CA director of sports and fitness. The remodel, he says, “will create opportunities for us to deliver new and exciting programming.”
The biggest visual difference will be the new front entrance and lobby area, which has been designed to entice future members while remaining familiar to regulars.
The locker rooms have been rebuilt to create a more expansive area, and the lower level has likewise been opened up.
In 2012, CA entered a U.S. Department of Energy challenge to reduce energy use by 20 percent in 10 years. The association hit the mark in five years and is continuing its push for energy efficiency with new HVAC units and a new roof. A living wall behind the lobby desk features plants that help improve air quality.
Many visitors may recognize the water fountain in front. The piece once lived at The Mall in Columbia, but was given to the CA. The staff decided the fixture would be a great touch for the new entryway.