New Piedra Vista weight room completed

Joshua Kellogg
Isaiah Gamboa, left, and Alex Kuhn work out Tuesday in the new weight room at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – Students at Piedra Vista High School are enjoying the newly expanded and renovated weight room recently finished as a part of a $1.2 million project.

Ted Lasiewicz, the district's chief of operations, said the weightlifting equipment was installed during the week of Thanksgiving break, and students started using the facilities last week.

The project was built by FCI Constructors of NM LLC and designed by the architecture firm FBT Architects in Albuquerque, which nearly tripled the amount of square footage from about 2,800 to about 8,800 square feet.

It was financed from part of $10 million in surplus funds from the 2010 and 2014 bonds sold for capital projects.

Brandon Montoya does pull-ups Tuesday in the new weight room at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.

The weight room was built on the north side of the gym adjacent to the wrestling room and where an outdoor basketball court formerly was located.

Lasiewicz said the increased size alleviates safety concerns the staff had when the room was full of students working out.

District Athletic Director Frank Whalen said it was very difficult to schedule times for teams to work out due to the small size of the old weight room.

“It was a pretty cramped space before,” Whalen said.

The new room has two long wings separated by a wall with overhead metal coiling doors that allow the two spaces to operate separately or together. New dumbbells, weight racks and kettle bells form a straight line in the middle of each room, allowing students to work out on both sides of each rack. As part of the expansion, about $92,000 in new equipment was purchased to fill the new space.

Members of the school's baseball team were working out after school on Tuesday afternoon. Seniors Orland Warren and Logan Klunder said they like the new weight room and the new equipment, since some of the old equipment was worn down.

Elijah Gamboa works out Tuesday at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.

“I like the new weights and the new atmosphere we have,” Warren said.

Klunder said the new room is less cluttered, and it should be safer for students to work out.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.