Indoor ground-breaking

Moraine Valley Community College brought the outdoors inside on Thursday, Jan. 10 to break ground on its Health Education and Wellness Center. The college held the ceremony in the gymnasium complete with hardhats, shovels and dirt for officials who "broke ground" in front of a panoramic projection of the construction site on the gym wall.

The center is expected to open in February 2014. It will encompass more than 100,000 square feet and include a four-lane lap pool, three partitioned basketball courts, fitness center area with machines and weights, several group exercise studios, an athletic training room, a jogging track, and locker rooms. The college is currently in negotiations with a healthcare partner that will occupy space in the building, where its physicians' group can offer health-related programs and services to community members.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended Andrea Ramirez-Justin, Moraine Valley trustee (from left); Elizabeth Gorman, Cook County Board commissioner; Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett; John Coleman, Moraine Valley trustee; Vernon Crawley, president emeritus of Moraine Valley; Sylvia Jenkins, college president; Joe Murphy, chairman of the Moraine Valley board; Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney; Lisa Szynalski, Moraine Valley trustee; Elizabeth Queen of the Chicago Blackhawks Charities; and Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.