Up to now, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy athletes did not have much in the way of convenient lockers. Tiger fans were in no better shape when it came to restroom facilities during sporting events.
"The only existing locker rooms are located adjacent to the gym and are not convenient for field sports such as soccer, lacrosse and football. And, for the last few years, we have been using a portable restroom trailer to supplement a very small restroom building midway between the main campus and the field," said Michelle Salyer, the director of marketing and communications.
Come fall, things are going to be very different as the Melbourne preparatory school unveils its new 13,000-square-foot Shah Family Fieldhouse, which will house home and visitor locker rooms, concessions, strength and conditioning facilities, athletic trainer facilities, office/meeting space, an outdoor dining pavilion … and plenty of restrooms.
The new facility will be busy, since 86 percent of the students are active in athletics and all students participate in physical education classes. Visiting teams, fans and visitors for district and regional games and meets also will benefit from the new building.
"This marks the first major addition to our campus since the building of the Scott Center 15 years ago, and truly helps us fulfill our mission to educate the whole child in mind, body and spirit," said school president Katherine M. Cobb.
The project is part of a $5.5 million capital campaign to create the Tiger Athletic Complex, which includes the installation of an NFL-quality synthetic turf field for field sports and physical education classes, a Plexitrac athletic track surface and a stadium.
Sidewalks and 66 more parking spaces near the athletic facility also will be added.
"The Tiger Athletic Complex will totally change the game for Holy Trinity athletics," Cobb added.
When the foundation was poured in April, a Bible was placed on the threshold, open to Ephesians 2:20, which reads "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone."
"As a Christian school, Christ is the foundation and cornerstone of all we do, and it is important to us to let the hundreds or thousands of student athletes who enter this building know that this is a well-designed building with a firm foundation," Cobb explained.
Making the Tiger Athletic Complex possible are major donors that include Kelly Automotive and the Mike and Rashmi Shah family.
Fundraising continues for the Tigers.
"With the Holy Trinity community behind us, I believe we can complete funding the project in the coming months," said Colleen Middlebrooks, the director of advancement at the school.