rising at Rensselaer
Rensselaer’s new East Campus Athletic Village – featuring a new stadium and arena – is taking shape, with steel framework now in place for those adjoining structures.
The new facilities are included in the $78 million first phase of a two-phase project at the school. Also currently in progress is an expansion of Rensselaer’s Houston Field House, where the school’s ice hockey teams play.
The new 4,800-seat stadium will serve as the home field for varsity football, lacrosse and soccer teams, while the 151,000-square-foot arena will include two gymnasiums and seating for 1,200 basketball fans.
“The athletic village will transform both the east campus and the student experience,” said Barbara Nelson, project manager in the school’s campus planning and facilities design department. “The resulting facilities will be instrumental in helping us sustain and grow athletics at Rensselaer. Equally important, they will foster a sense of pride and community that, ideally, will last a lifetime.”
The stadium will feature a synthetic turf field and also include weight-training and sports medicine facilities.
Workers are focusing on making the arena weather-tight, permitting interior construction through the winter and completion of the project by next fall.
Work in Houston Field House, which includes expansion of locker rooms and coaches’ space and new training facilities, began in June and is expected to be completed later this fall. The school also has installed new turf and lighting in its Lower Renwyck Fields.
Phase 2 of the project, estimated to cost $35 million to $45 million, will include an indoor pool, indoor 200-meter track, and indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
“Once Phase 2 is completed, all varsity athletics will be centered here, with designated space for each team,” said project manager Michael Bongiorni.
Student-athletes and coaches recently have toured the construction site to learn more about the project.
Upon completion, the school hopes to host NCAA as well as regional and national high school athletics events, and expects the facilities will help increase the institute’s visibility as well as student applications and enrollment.
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