The Carter Athletic Center, located on the campus of North Cross School, has received a generous grant of .2 million from the Beirne Carter Foundation. The Foundation President, Rossie Carter Hutcheson, is a 1973 graduate of North Cross.
The three-year renovation project will begin this spring and will include upgrades to the heating and air-conditioning system, new cardiovascular and strength training equipment, renovated locker rooms, and an updated exterior surface.
“It is so gratifying that the generosity of the Carter family in supporting North Cross School continues,” said Headmaster Timothy J. Seeley. “This will serve our students well, in addition to serving the many members of the CAC. The gift will also, when done, beautify the building and enhance our entire campus. Many generations of North Cross School students to come will benefit from this gift, carrying Beirne Carter’s vision and legacy well into the future.”
First year renovations will include installing air-conditioning and a digital web-based control system. New equipment will also be added to the cardio studio and weight rooms along with some noticeable locker room changes.
Second year renovations will include the replacement of the remaining heating and air units; completing the HVAC upgrade and offering higher efficiency with significant energy savings. The remaining training equipment will be added during the second phase as well. In the third year of the project, the exterior of the Carter Athletic Center will be upgraded with a new surface to match the existing buildings on campus. The remaining funds will complete the locker room renovations.
The Carter Athletic Center has been in operation for 22 years, and in addition to being the central focus of North Cross School’s athletic program, has served as a community provider for health and fitness opportunities as well as housing the Marlins USS swimming program. The CAC has one competition and three full-size basketball courts, a six lane pool, two weight rooms, racquetball and squash courts as well as dance and aerobics studios.
The Beirne Carter Foundation is a Virginia-based foundation established in 1986 exclusively for charitable purposes emphasizing health, education, local history, nature, ecology, and youth.