We did it! Thanks to the generous support of so many Woods friends, shovels entered the ground on Dec. 3, 2013 as a decade-long vision of the new sports and recreation center finally came to fruition!
At the groundbreaking ceremony, President Dottie King announced that the new facility would be named after the late Jeanne Knoerle, Sister of Providence and former SMWC president. Knoerle was a Sister of Providence for 62 years as well as an encouraging mentor, author, educator and theologian, continuing the legacy of educating women for positions of leadership began by the College and Congregation's foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. She was a 1949 graduate of SMWC and held several positions at the College, including serving as professor, president from 1968-1983, chancellor from 1984-1988 and co-chancellor from 1988-2013.
For more than a decade, SMWC has been working toward building a facility to replace the condemned “old gym.” By fall of 2014, SMWC will enjoy a holistic college experience that includes health and wellness with a beautiful, new 45,000 square-foot sports and recreation center. The building site is located at the west edge of campus, behind the Mary and Andy Rooney Library. The facility will include a NCAA regulation-sized gym seating approximately 1,000 spectators, a practice gym for auxiliary revenue and intramural sports, a 2,000 sq. ft. lobby, locker rooms, a training room, a fitness room, offices, and ample storage space.
While the College has secured funding to move forward with construction, the Campaign will continue for approximately another year. We are in the “home stretch” with a goal to raise $1.1 million dollars to complete the project. We continue to welcome additional gifts for the final phase of the Campaign.
This is one of the most important and transformational projects for SMWC in the last 50 years. At its completion, the Knoerle Center will serve students, faculty, staff, alums, Sisters of Providence and the Wabash Valley community. It will immediately impact enrollment and retention, while also providing a home for athletics and a gathering place for all of our students.
This past week we continued with welding on the roof deck in the main gym. Bar joists for the auxiliary gym were delivered and installation began. Treated wood blocking was installed in the main gym. Block has been placed up to hollow core bearing height in the mechanical and electrical area north of the main gym. Block foundations for load bearing walls under mezzanine 201 has been put in motion. Hollow core planks have been set for mezzanine 203. We began pouring concrete for the curb along the east side of the south parking lot.
What's Happening this week
This week we will begin laying block against precast on top of mezzanine 203. The setting of bar joists and steel decking will be wrapping up in the auxiliary gym. The welding of the main gym steel decking and installation of the roofing material will be completed. The driveway out to the main road will also be completed.
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