General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie recently announced the completion of the $16 million Madison Healthplex Performance Center earlier this month. The two-story, 100,000-square foot building arguably boasts more amenities than any other healthplex in the state.

"We have a lot to offer," said David Carpenter, Madison County resident and Director of the Madison Healthplex Performance Center. "We've got the most up-to-date facility in the southeast and state of the art fitness equipment. We have something here for everyone in your family."

Among its amenities, the sportsplex and medical office building includes a training floor with strength and cardio equipment, indoor walking track, warm water exercise pool, hot tub, hydro-works therapy pool, indoor field house and many other services. "Words don't do it justice until you see it," said Carpenter, who has spent his last 20 years working for Baptist Health Systems. "We have a first rate aquatic facility, and we also have an outdoor turf field that is 40 yards wide by 55 yards long."

The center is much more than just a fitness complex, Carpenter explained. Sports medicine services are also provided by trained personnel. The facility is designed to serve a large demographic. "We have general fitness memberships for the public, but then we have permanence training for athletes of all ages," he said. Sports medicine are offered to interested members beginning at age seven and extending to professional age clients.

The Healthplex is a result of a partnership among Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center as well as SouthStar LLC and Performance Healthcare Systems, both of Tennessee.

"There are several business entities located under one roof here," Carpenter explained. The facility features medical office clinics for the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, the Eye Group, Image Optical and Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center.

"You can do training, treatment and therapy all in one facility," said Carpenter. "From a Healthplex component, this is the third facility that Baptist is involved in, but this is the first location where we've expanded into the performance training component."

Brasfield & Gorrie, the largest privately owned general contractor in the South East, served as general contractor for the facility and Oswell and Nitishin served as architect. The project first began in November of 2012, and opened to the public in March of this year.

"People have a lot of choices in the Madison Community for their fitness needs," Carpenter noted. "We like to think that we offer a first class facility and great customer service. I would certainly encourage anyone in the community to come in and check out our classes."