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 of only $680,000 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.
See photos from the Wall Signing!
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Walls and structures including all MEP work in gymnasiums have been completed and painted. Brick work has been completed from the main entrance around the north expansion. Windows and door frames from main entrance around the north end are substantially complete. All of the building is under roof. Interior block walls are 85% complete. Permanent power to all interior panels is complete. Exterior painting is 50% complete. All downspout piping has been connected to storm drainage system.
What's Happening this week
We will turn on the air handling unit feeding the gymnasiums. Chilled water piping will be functional. Brick work will be complete on the south end around the flex area. Soffit and fascia framing will be finished. Brick work will begin on both sides of the high walls in the front of the building. Construction of curbs will continue around the south parking lot. We will begin site work on the west side of the building and complete the sprinkler piping rough in. MEP rough in will continue throughout the fitness area, flex area, and office area. Plumbing rough in of showers and restrooms will be complete. Acoustic panels, lights, and diffusers will all be installed in the main gym.
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