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Ping Recreation Center in Athens, Ohio. Feb. 5, 2024

Heat problems continue at Ping Center

It has been over three weeks since Ohio University’s Charles J. Ping Recreation Center has had to close sections of its facilities and cancel group exercise classes due to complications with the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC system, according to a previous Post report.

The recreation center, located at 82 S. Green Drive, has had similar HVAC issues to other buildings on OU’s campus.

Mingran Ma, associate director of communications and engagement for Well-Being and Recreation Services, said the gym is working closely with Facility Management to resolve these issues for its users.

“There is not a definitive timeline for resolving or repairing the issues,” Ma said in an email. “As part of our commitment to fostering health and well-being across the OHIO community … We have submitted a work order and are diligently working to identify and rectify the underlying factors causing the issues.”

Although the exact cause of the HVAC problems is unknown, Ma said the most likely causes, and those they have submitted for work orders for, are faulty electrical controls and inadequate airflow.

“In our efforts to cool fitness areas, Ping staff remains vigilant in monitoring temperatures,” Ma wrote in an email. “While we work towards a long-term solution, our short-term measures involve increasing airflow using additional or larger fans. We are also exploring modifications, such as the recent removal of the glass wall in the cycle studio, to improve air circulation.”

And those changes seem to be working. Chloe Chesnik, a junior studying media arts and production, said she’s noticed a difference, but there is also room for improvement. Chesnik previously saidshe had trouble attending group cycling classes at Ping.

Chesnik said the gym is especially hot at the top floor running track when temperatures are low outside. 

Chesnik said even when her group exercise classes aren’t canceled, she is still advised by instructors to take additional breaks, drink more water and wear accommodating clothing.

The fluctuating temperatures aren’t just affecting gym-goers, Ma said staff must also take additional precautions in regards to the heat.

“Staff may need to adapt their attire to accommodate the changing conditions,” Ma said. “We recognize the importance of creating an inclusive, engaging, and empowering environment, and we encourage patrons to stay hydrated, wear appropriate attire and alternative exercise options when necessary.”

Ma said the goal of the Ping Recreation Center is to provide everyone with a welcoming and supportive environment to pursue their fitness goals safely and comfortably. 

“Despite the challenges posed by the confined spaces, the safety and comfort of our patrons remain our top priority,” Ma said. 

Ma said Ping staff will remain committed to providing updates and encouraging student feedback, which she said is invaluable.


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