FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Perez Fitness Center will reopen its doors Monday at 5:30 a.m. with $2.4 million in upgrades.

Perez Fitness Center, which closed in January for renovations, is now covered by a new, durable roof structure, replacing the old, leaky one that had taken a beating from several decades of South Carolina weather. The facility will have a new central heating and cooling system that includes new duct work throughout the center.

The locker rooms were also completely renovated with new tile, showers, dividers, lights, sinks, toilets, stalls, ceilings, lockers and benches. Both locker rooms also are now in full compliance with the American Disability Act, which will accommodate the active group of disabled veterans who use the facility on a regular basis.

The front lobby has been renovated with new lights, suspended ceiling, check-out counter and ceramic tile floors. Most of the interior of the building has been repainted. The old bleachers were removed and a new dividing wall was built, which has added more square footage to the free weight area. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has also added 10 new strength machines to the inventory.

The main floor now has new energy efficient lights, mirrors and the free weight area has a new rubber impact floor.

Now that the wait is over, community members can look forward to our operating hours at Perez to be: Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.