University Announces New Athletic Facility, More Housing

Athletic facility

FORT WAYNE, IND. -- Indiana Tech shared plans on February 3 for a new athletic facility and additional student housing, the latest steps in ongoing campus improvements. Construction on both projects will begin this spring and be completed for the fall semester.

“As we continue to be successful in increasing our enrollment, we also need to be successful in meeting the challenges that come with growth,” said President Arthur Snyder.

The 18,500-square-foot athletic facility will provide additional space and amenities for Tech’s athletic programs as well as space for intramural programs. The building will include a gym, coaches’ offices, locker rooms, and storage space. The new facility will be located west of the soccer field, and it will have public restrooms and concession stands for the convenience of fans attending soccer and lacrosse games.

The university’s athletic programs have grown quickly with the addition of volleyball, cross country, track and field, tennis, golf, and lacrosse within the past five years. In fall 2010, bowling also will be added to the lineup.

Warrior Row

The increase in total enrollment adds to the need for more athletic facilities. The influx of 57% more traditional students in the past five years has brought higher demand for intramural programs and recreational activities.

“This new facility will benefit all of our students,” Snyder said. “Our athletic teams will have more options for scheduling practice times, and we’ll be able to provide more intramural options for recreation.”

Enrollment growth also has spurred the need for additional campus housing. To meet this need, the university will build row house-style housing on the north side of Washington Boulevard.

Each row house unit will be three floors; the first floor will have a full kitchen, living area, and bathroom while the second and third floors each will have two bedrooms and a bathroom. At least one unit will be designed to be fully accessible for students with disabilities.

“We envision this housing facility as part of a long-term plan to build additional units along Washington Boulevard from University Street to Anthony Boulevard,” Snyder said.

This will be the third consecutive year in which Indiana Tech has opened a new residence facility. Evans-Kimmell Hall opened in 2008, and Frank & Anne Oropeza Hall opened in 2009.

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Warrior Row

Mark Branstrater, a junior majoring in business administration, won the naming contest with his suggestion of Warrior Row.

Branstrater will receive a goodie package from Tech Treasures worth $50.

Students interested in living in Warrior Row will need to complete an application. Selection will be based on grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and class.

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