Wednesday, Novemeber 28, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 67


Bowling is back as games room reopens

By Wendy Williamson
Daily Cougar Staff

The newly refurbished University Center games room opened its doors Monday with an array of upgrades and additions to its interior design and
entertainment venues.

The flooding from Tropical Storm Allison on June 8 left the games room, located in the UC's basement level, closed for nearly the entire fall semester.

The total cost of the renovation and repairs was approximately $130,000, said Keith Kowalka, assistant director of the UC and its associated facilities.

"We had no idea what the cost was going to be for just repairing the structure to its original state," Kowalka said.

"Our goal was to get the carpet done and the walls ASAP," he said.

Repairs to original structures included the replacement of drenched floor and wall carpets, ceiling tiles, the billiards area and the bowling lanes, said
Dean Ruck, project manager of the Facilities Department's production and construction division.

Of the total renovation cost, $20,000 came from a UC reserve account set aside for emergency situations, said Bill Schwehr, manager of UC Leisure
Services. Student fees and UC profits fund the center's budget.

The remainder came from storm-related insurance funding from the University's insurance carriers and the Federal Emergency Management Authority.

"The storm-related funding from the insurance was only to repair and make the structure the same as it was before," Schwehr said. "But we wanted to
take advantage of a bad situation and make the games room better with upgrades. We agreed to put money into making additions."

The upgrades include new synthetic-material lanes in the bowling alley to replace the warped wooden lanes drenched from the flood, as well as black
acoustical paint on the ceiling. This addition, which replaces the white tiles on the ceiling, reduces noise in the games room and gives a more
entertaining look, Ruck said.

"I really enjoy the new look given to the games room," junior music performance major Casey Gambill said. "It makes it a fun atmosphere and almost
makes you forget you're actually at school when you're in there."

Additional upgrades will be added in the near future, including a "Glow Bowl" lane with glow-in-the-dark balls, pins, lanes and special lighting.

"We want to make the games room a fun environment, but we have to look at our finances first," Ruck said. "It depends on the renovation and repairs on
the Satellite and UC Underground also." Both those facilities are expected to reopen in Spring 2002.

The original date for the new Glow Bowl was set for Summer 2001, but the new date, possibly Summer 2002, will be decided in the spring, Ruck said.

The games room's official Monday grand opening followed a "sneak peek" for the public from Nov. 19 to 21.

The venue's regular hours are: 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Friday and
Saturday; and 1 to 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

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