Davao's biggest gym now open

Subscribe Now August 19, 2012 at 09:00am

THE P145-million gym of the state-owned University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) that is considered Davao City's biggest sports and cultural center was finally inaugurated Friday after three years in construction. Supremiano Antipolo, Usep vice president for research, development, and extension, said the gymnasium sits on a 3,500-square-meter land area and has a total seating capacity of 8,000.

He said a total of P145 million of government funds was allocated for the construction of the gymnasium.

The budget for the phase 1 of the infrastructure was P60 million, which included the foundations, peripheral columns, beams and roof beams, roof framing, roofing sheets, concrete gutter, and steel louvers.

For the phase 2, some P30 million was allocated. These include the ground floor slabs, bleacher girders and tread slabs, mezzanine girders and slabs, plumbing roughing in, fire hydrant roughing in, storm drainage, septic vault, masonry works, and steel catwalk.

The phase 3, which costs about P30 million, includes the electrical, partial air conditioning, bleacher steel beam, interior plastering, steel railings and stairs, tile works, plumbing fixtures, steel windows and doors, main entrance glass doors, and wooden doors.

Meanwhile, phase 4 of the infrastructure, which costs about P10 million, is comprised of the basketball gym's maple wood floor and glass goals, roof exhaust fans, and termite soil poisoning.

The phase 6 costs P5 million that covers the interior painting, comfort rooms, locker rooms.

He said the Pambansang Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Partylist gave out some P5 million for the collapsible bleachers.

"Dabawenyos can take pride that it has a facility that follows the standards of the International Basketball Federation. This means that the PBA and NBA games are just within reach," he said.

An additional P44 million will be allocated for the improvement of the roads and drainage system surrounding the gym, especially the Porras and Loyola Streets.

University president Dr. Perfecto Alibin said the completion of the project is a major milestone in the development of the school.

He added that with the biggest gymnasium, the city can now host national basketball games and other major sports events of the country.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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