To commemorate the completion of St. Joseph’s Hall renovation project, the Carlow community celebrated with great joy at a ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with a burst of confetti, June 6.
President Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, acknowledged that the building has stood as a sign of Carlow’s heritage and that moving forward it will be a place to inspire the students who walk through its doors.
George Sliman, director of athletics, and Dot Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees, were among the nearly 100 people gathered for the occasion.
Built in 1929, St. Joseph’s Hall serves as the Carlow Celtic’s athletics headquarters as well as the university’s fitness and wellness center. Last year the university began an $8 million renovation to improve the historic 27,275 square-foot building in order to accommodate growing enrollment and to provide modern upgrades for the athletic and fitness center.
Now finished, the array of improvements includes the transformation of the pool area into a new multi-level fitness center, new men’s and women’s locker rooms, and the creation of a hospitality suite to welcome visitors on campus. There also were improvements to the coaches’ offices and training rooms, along with the installation of new basketball court flooring, dance studio flooring, elevator and whole-building air conditioning.
The completion of the space is a benefit for the students and the Carlow community as a whole. “We see this building as a symbol of pride and a place for students to thrive,” Sliman said.
Men’s basketball team member Swade Redman weighed in on the new space. “The new exercise and weight room is a place for us to train and hang out together allowing us to better bond as a team,” he said.
President Mellon said that today’s students care about their health and wellness.
“With over 200 student athletes on campus, we seek to make St. Joe’s a place where they can meet their wellness goals,” she said.
While the renovations were taking place, construction completely occupied the Campus Green and one of the Sisters of Mercy Sacredness of Creation Garden to the left of the building, both of which contribute toward the campus’ peaceful character within the urban city. With the project now complete, these areas will be reconstructed with the planting of trees, shrubs and other greenery to transform the landscape back to its original beauty.
The generous giving of many donors made the completion of the project possible with the Carlow Board of Trustees contributing one million dollars alone.
“We are very fortunate to have such generous trustees,” said Kimberley Hammer, vice president for advancement.
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