The volleyball locker room, a bit smaller in size, is near completion and features a lobby that will feature flat-screen TV's. The dressing room sits off to the side of the lobby and is circular and features open wooden lockers wrapping around the circumference of the room.
Separating the lobby and new rest rooms is a small circular section with the Yellow Jacket logo painted onto the floor.
"You've got to have stuff like this to compete in the recruiting game," Loyd said. "Kids don't normally notice when something's old that often, but [the old facility] was so dated that it really stuck out. Now we're in a position where things look like they're supposed to look like in 2013."
The men's and women's basketball locker rooms will also feature a tiered classroom for film study and team meetings.
Even the baseball locker room got new lockers with locking capabilities to allow players to walk to and from the baseball field without worrying about their things.
The old upstairs gym also received some revision with new lights brightening up the room, and the whole facility from top to bottom has new heating and cooling units.
Other new features include two renovated classrooms that will hold classes for health sciences, physical education, recreational tourism and more; a full computer lab; new offices for men's basketball coach Bryan Poore, women's coach David Smith, volleyball coach Shannon Gerencir and most other members of the athletic staff; a new training room; a renovated baseball/softball training room with new turf for batting cages; a laundry room; a security room; and an elevator.
One of the most interesting rooms sits just off to the side of the training room where athletes will be able to rehab and undergo physical therapy right in the building. That room will also be used for research, as athletes will be monitored and undergo study in activities such as the oxygen consumption test.
As construction continues, most of the building has been off limits to the public, but one indicator as to where the process is heading is already towering just behind the end zone on the football field.
A massive new scoreboard, complete with video capability, has already been erected and will be ready when the Jackets play their first home game on Sept. 21 against West Liberty.
"We're looking forward to lighting that thing up this year," football coach Jon Anderson said.
This massive overhaul could spring even more facility announcements, although Loyd couldn't comment on anything more on Thursday.
For now, what is already going on in Institute has everyone downright giddy.
"West Virginia State has always been a good school and it has always been a great place to come to," Loyd said. "But I think this new facility can be a center of excellence and a huge point of pride for everyone around here."
Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, ryan.pr...@wvgazette.com, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt.