The center will be named the Adam F. Press Fitness Center in recognition of Press’s philanthropic efforts. Press is an alumnus of CC.
Press gave $3.5 million in unrestricted support to further the college’s strategic agenda. The fitness center is part of a $27 million facelift to the sports complex, which was built in 1970. The school’s varsity, club and intramural sports programs are housed in the building.
Construction on the “gateway” addition on El Pomar’s south side began on Oct. 31, 2011, with completion of the entire project scheduled for spring 2013.
While fundraising efforts continue for the overall project, the recent gift brings the college to within $2.8 million of its goal. In 2007, El Pomar Foundation donated $10 million toward on-campus building improvements and scholarships after CC’s “Vision 2010” initiative identified the fitness center and library renovations as priorities four years earlier. All but $1.5 million of that amount was allocated to the athletics center facelift.
Press, a Walnut Creek, Calif., native who now lives in Los Angeles, is an active investor, art collector and philanthropist. He served as chairman and CEO of The St. John Companies Inc., as well as director of equity investments for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Group in Monte Carlo . He also worked for New York corporate finance department of PaineWebber. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, in addition to his bachelor’s degree in political economy from Colorado College. He also serves on the boards of Jewish Vocational Services in Los Angeles, as well as New York-based Freedom to Marry.
The 29,000-square-foot fitness center will include a cardio conditioning room and separate strength area; separate varsity training areas; a full-size basketball/volleyball court; a yoga studio; squash courts; an auxiliary gym; expanded physical therapy space; indoor and outdoor lounge spaces and separate locker rooms for students, faculty and staff.