A Brief history of Integra.
The Integra story is our family’s dream to create a Health Club in Orange like nothing else. Creating an environment where you have the feeling of exercising outdoors while indoors.
Most of the people who choose to visit a gym are stuck in non-stimulating work places and even at home so we wanted to provide them with an opportunity to escape from that life style.
In 2002 we found and purchased our land. Then it was all systems go as we set to work designing a building that would take advantage of the elements while maximizing the views.
In June 2003 we started work, digging holes, creating the dam and setting the footings for the building. It was frosty, foggy and cold.
Maree was our first employee; she joined me in July 2003 working in our home creating a business plan,purchasing equipment, computerprograms, designing uniforms, forms and other paperwork.
James and Edward took 12mths off from their studies to become the sites builders, under the supervision of Colin, my husband. They all worked relentlessly for 6 months and by the beginning of December the building was ready for the new equipment. Claire and Hilary were still at school but all their spare time was taken up with painting, decking etc. After applying the finishing touches to the building we started a membership drive in the beginning of January. Our official opening date was 31 January 2004.
There are many stories we could tell of events which happened while we were building but one of the funniest was that Maree and I became the chief tilers! How hard can it be? So we started in the ladies bathroom, one in each corner (Maree will tell you I told her we needed to do it like that and we would meet in the middle, she says she argued that that wouldn’t work but the truth is we didn’t even think about it) …..when we got to the middle, we were so far off-line and there was gap which no tile would fit into, well what can you do but laugh …….soooo we got creative and the patten in the floor you see now wasn’t part of the design.
James and Edward will tell you that laying the deck nearly broke them but they survived and we have a deck.
Over the years, like all business’, we have had our ups and downs but we have survived. We hope that you love the club and enjoy the experience we have created here.