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Gannon University Reopens Hammermill Center

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After weeks of construction, the Hammermill Center at Gannon University which was damaged by fire is officially reopen.

Crews have been working to get the facility back in shape since the December 23 fire.

It started in an electrical utility room, spreading smoke through a total of five buildings that are interconnected to the Hammermill.

In the past three weeks, crews have completed a total revamping of the gym.  Most the damage was smoke damage, so crews have repainted the entire building.  They also had to clean the ceiling, which is about 50 feet high.  Every banner and drape in the gym had to be taken down, and washed.  The locker rooms were scrubbed and cleaned as well.

"When I came in this morning, and saw our women's basketball team practicing in here, it just brought tears to my eyes," said Gannon University Vice President of Finance & Administration Linda Wagner.  "I never thought when I toured the facility on December 24, that it would be up and running...so the girls were so happy and the boys as well, to be back playing in their own facility."

The first game is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  The women's basketball team will take on Indiana University of PA.

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