Under Construction: Employee wellness center will double in size, scope

Under Construction: Employee wellness center will double in size, scope

March 10th, 2013 by Shelly Bradbury in Business Diary

Southern Champion Tray is building a new wellness center for its 400 employees on the company's site at 220 Compress St.

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Illustration by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

Project: Southern Champion Tray Wellness Center renovation

Owner: Southern Champion Tray

Location: 220 Compress St.

Size: 5,000 square feet

Contractor: Sexton Construction Corporation

Scope: This two-story wellness center will double in size and be open 24/7 to Southern Champion Tray's employees and their families. The facility will include racquetball and basketball courts, treadmills, cardio machines and strength training equipment. The company plans eventually to bring in a personal trainer and make the facility a one-stop-shop for employee health.

History: The building is almost 30 years old and this renovation has been in the works for several years. "We did a minor self-renovation several years ago with volunteers over the weekends where we pulled up old flooring and added a fresh coat of paint and once we did that, the usage really picked up," said Jonathan Pappas, safety and quality manager. "People are really excited about it. I think the employees will be chomping at the bit to use it."

Timeline: The construction is scheduled to be finished by April 1.