ASU inflation of High Altitude Center begins Tuesday


Beginning bright and early Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, Adams State University's new High Altitude Training Center will rise from the earth, just north of Plachy Hall on Sunset Dr.

The 85,000 square-foot High Altitude Training Center will be a "bubble" -- an air-supported dome structure made of vinyl coated polyester fabric. Inflation will take about 12 hours and shouldn't create excessive noise during the evening, according to Bill Mansheim, Adams State vice president for Finance and Governmental Relations. If the weather does not cooperate, however, it would create a delay.

Reed Nelson, project manager with ALCON Construction, explained the process could involve several "resets:" the dome will be partially inflated, then deflated to reset cables and other components, then inflated again.

The center will feature a 200-meter, 8-lane track with a synthetic rubber surface that provides high quality shock absorption, skid resistance, force reduction, and overall comfort for athletes. The center will also have ample space for jumps, vaults, and throwing events, as well as spectator seating, and public restrooms. A state-of-the-art auto timing device and timing scoreboard will be installed.

By Julie Waechter