Press Box


MARQUETTE—The United States Olympic Education Center recently teamed up with the Northern Michigan Constructors student organization to remodel the center’s sauna, which is used frequently by many USOEC athletes.

       Years of wear and tear had caused the boards to become dry and brittle. USOEC operations manager Mike Kaurala knew just where to start for the remodel.

       Kaurala said, “One of our goals here at the center is to try to incorporate student organizations into our functions. When we put on an event or do a project we say, ‘Who can help us? Who would be a good fit?’”

       Kaurala contacted NMC to see if the students would be willing to remodel the sauna.  Despite the short notice, club members worked the project into their schedule. Kaurala talked with Kyle O’Boyle, NMC president, about what he would like accomplished and how he would like the remodeling to look. From there, NMC drew up a design and sent it back to Kaurala to approve.

        NMC members that worked on the sauna rebuild were Zach Boyle, Ryan Engle, Kyle O’Boyle, Derek Pass and Nathan Zimmerman.

       “Having the constructor’s club here gives them experience and helps us out. The center paid for the materials and the constructor’s club did the work free of charge,” said Kaurala.

       This is not the first time that NMC has helped the USOEC. Past collaborations include building weightlifting platforms and weight stands in the USOEC weightlifting room and cutting wooden skate and weightlifter cut-outs to help promote past USOEC events.

       “The experience of volunteering with the USOEC is good for the members in NMC because it gives them hands-on experience with wood and metal working.  It also gives some students in the field small project management experience,” said O’Boyle.

       NMC was recognized last spring at the student organization recognition banquet. The club received the community service award after putting in over 1,800 hours of community service for the year.

Prepared By
Keaton Mladic
Media Intern