“This facility is a gamechanger,” Astian Agraz said as he eyed the rows of state-of-the-art
fitness equipment on the first floor of San Diego Mesa College’s Exercise Science
Center, which opened this spring.
Agraz, the linebacker and Mesa football team captain, wasn’t just talking about wins
“People are seeing this new facility and new equipment and starting to understand
what exercise science is all about,” Astian said. “Our old facilities were beat up,
so coming here, it’s a lot bigger, with new weights and new machines. This facility
wins by a landslide.”
The building definitely has a wow factor.
A high-volume ceiling dominates the first floor lobby that leads into the weight training
area. Aerobics and spin rooms are just around the corner. They open to an exterior
exercise plaza, which leads to the athletic training room complete with a wet lab,
treatment room, and offices. The second floor includes administration and faculty
offices, a fitness lab and cardio area overlooking the equipment below, and an exterior
exercise roof terrace.
The two-story, 27,200-square-foot steel structure is slated to be a geographic campus
landmark, strategically situated on the new Sunrise Plaza entry and adjacent to the
multi-use Mesa Commons that will open this fall.
“I believe that college athletics, physical activity, and exercise science play an
important role in a wellrounded college education,” President Pamela T. Luster said
at the facility’s grand opening event in April. Luster is also president of the California
Community College Athletic Association, which oversees intercollegiate athletics across
“It definitely will bring a long-awaited recruiting aspect for our coaches,” said
Kevin Hazlett, department chair and assistant athletic director, who led the building’s
design team along with instructor and former coach Manny Bautista.
With the addition of sand volleyball in 2015, Mesa College now has 21 athletic teams.
All will use the facility for training and conditioning classes, which are open to
Asked what he’s most proud of, Hazlett quickly answers, “The student reactions to
the facility have been remarkable.”
Astian agrees. “The mindset of everyone has changed, especially among student athletes.
Now that we have this facility, it’s really motivating us to work extra hard.”
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