Lewis and Clark Community College gym wins national design honors

GODFREY – Although the pandemic has kept renovations at Lewis and Clark Community College’s George C. Terry River Bend Arena from public view, fans now have the chance to see the gym’s award-winning design while watching Trailblazers’ basketball and volleyball games on LCCC’s YouTube channel.

The gym’s design was recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations as the 2020 District 3 Silver Medallion winner in the Interior Signage/Displays category.

The gym renovation at George C. Terry River Bend Arena recently earned a NCMPR 2020 Silver Medallion for its interior signage and display.

The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges in each of NCMPR’s seven districts. The regional competition is exclusive to marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.

LCCC’s Creative Services Manager Korin Fisher describes the design as a collaborative effort, involving several departments and individuals.

“I made six different designs of the gym floor, then we voted to narrow it down to the two with Blazer, our new mascot,” Fisher said. “After several changes, we came up with the current design. We’re certainly honored to win this award for Lewis and Clark.”

LCCC Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Doug Stotler considers the gym to be a showcase stop for recruitment.

“The floor is very forgiving on the athletes’ bodies during a long season,” Stotler said. “When a floor looks great, performs well, is easy to clean and limits injury, what more can you ask for?”

In addition to the renovated gym, the $2.48 million project included new offices, an HVAC system, a new roof, waterproofing, training room and weight room.

LCCC’s Vice President of Student Engagement Sean Hill believes the renovated gym symbolizes LCCC’s dedication to athletic success.

“I am grateful for all of the individuals on campus and the various external partners who were involved with this project,” Hill said. “Receiving the NCMPR Silver Medallion confirms what we already knew about the high-quality level of design and work on the George C. Terry River Bend Arena.”

LCCC worked closely with contractor R.W. Boeker Co. Inc. on the project. The gym floor was installed by Missouri Floor Co., with Langhorst Construction in charge of pad installation.

Although Trailblazers’ basketball and volleyball games are closed to spectators due to the pandemic, games can be viewed via live streams on LCCC’s YouTube channel, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/lewisandclarkcc.

Game schedules can be found on the LCCC website at www.lc.edu/athletics/.

For more information on George C. Terry River Bend Arena or LCCC athletics, contact Stotler at [email protected] or (618) 468-6200.

Photo by Jan Dona, LCCC Media Services.

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