In the past few years, La Salle has continued to improve its campus by revamping its different facilities. Some examples include the reconstruction of the men’s comfort room in Miguel Hall, which won second place in the highly prestigious Golden Kubeta Awards hosted by Maynilad last January, and the recent inauguration of the Rufino Campus in Bonifacio Global City, which houses the College of Law, where the Law Library was transferred from the second floor of Bro. Andrew Gonzalez Hall.
The comfort room in front of the Pearl of Great Price chapel in St. La Salle Hall is also currently under renovation to serve as a better place for students, especially during desperate times. Lastly, the Bro. Gabriel Connon Hall is being reconstructed to serve as a secondary Razon Sports Complex.
The chair of the Bro Andrew Gonzalez College of Education (BAGCED) physical education department, Dr. Janet Mariano, says, “The SPS building will be utilized to serve as an additional venue for students to conduct their PE classes.”
The Bro. Connon Hall, also known as the SPS building, has been used for administrative and academic purposes before the reconstruction started last February 2016. After the removal of the canteen in its second floor last 2013, several organizations under the Council of Student Organizations and the Culture and Arts Office were given more space in the building, as well as the student publications under the Student Media Office.
Offices of the Office of Student Leadership Involvement, Formation, and Empowerment (SLIFE), University Student Government, Office of Career and Counseling Services (OCCS), and Center for Social Concern and Action were also previously located in the same building. The bookstore, which is now at the ground floor of Yuchengco Hall, used to be in the first floor of Connon as well.
The proposal of having another sports complex in the University was made because of the additional classes to be offered in the physical education curriculum and due to the projected increase in the number of enrollees in 2017.
Additional sports will be introduced to the class of Physical Fitness and Wellness in Individual and Dual Sports (FTSPORT), such as tennis, weightlifting, chess, and darts which need certain equipment. “So the next batches will be exposed to more varied sports, aside from the common ones,” adds Mariano. However, these will only be offered to undergraduate students considering the distinct curriculum of the SHS students.
Composed of five floors and a rooftop, the Bro. Connon Hall will have different equipment and uses per floor. The first floor will still have the University clinic and the Waldo Perfecto seminar room, while the Office of Sports Development (OSD) will be transferring from Razon to the old location of the clinic. The office of SLIFE, OCCS, and a new lounge for coaches and faculty from the physical education department will also be located on the second floor.
The remaining floors will attend to the need of the extra space for the added PE classes. The third floor will be a recreational floor complete with board games, darts, and a bowling alley. Above the recreational floor will be a dance studio which may also be utilized by the different student organizations.
On the other hand, the remaining floors will have a new gym where the weightlifting classes will be made. Access to the gym will be also open to students as long as classes are not ongoing. Lastly, the rooftop will be converted into a tennis court and will also serve as a training ground for the DLSU Tennisters.
With the construction already on full swing, only a few remaining finishing touches are left to be done. “The project is expected to be complete by the second week of May, and may be accessible by the next term,” says Mariano. Indeed, the new facilities and added space, will surely aid the students and different organizations in maximizing campus activities.