Properties Magazine November 2012 : Page 62

Off and Running at Scot Center College of Wooster aims big with state-of-the-art athletic complex By Lou Kren | Photos by Jim Maguire T he College of Wooster competes. Its sports teams compete with other Division Three schools. Its staff and faculty compete for grants. Its academic programs compete for recognition and scholarly excellence. It also competes for students. When it comes to attracting students, schools across the state and country have raised the bar, with new facilities, programs and other amenities designed to heighten the student experience. With its new Scot Center, the College of Wooster has taken that competition to another level. Dignitaries, supporters, students and faculty, and friends of the college gath-ered at the heart of the campus in January 2012 as Dr. Grant Cornwell, College of Wooster president, cut the ribbon and dedicated the complex – borne of the largest construction project in school history. At 124,458 square feet, Scot Center includes four intramural courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball; an NCAA-regulation 200-meter running track; indoor long jump, triple jump and pole vault; fitness center with a full array of circuit-training stations, traditional as well as elliptical running machines, rowing machines, and free weights; new locker rooms; batting cages and other equipment for indoor baseball practice; and new athletic-department offices and meeting rooms. Certified to LEED Gold, Scot Center boasts a host of green features, including 62 a 20,000-square-foot rooftop solar array, reportedly the largest at any university in the United States. The facility also positions the school to offer prospective students an athletic center that rivals or surpasses anything available on a rural-college campus. Project principals gathered well before the May 2010 construction start to develop, plan and design Scot Center. Longtime College of Wooster partner Bogner Construction Management Co., of Wooster, with more than 30 major projects under its belt at the school as well as hundreds of smaller, served as construction man-ager. MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, bringing long-time expertise in signature educa-tional and public facilities, was tapped as architect. Hastings + Chivetta, of St. Louis, Missouri, contributed its sports-consulting skills, assisting the design team in layout of Scot Center as well as technology integration. Properties recently toured Scot Center with Jackie Middleton, College of Wooster associate vice president for facilities and auxiliaries, as well as Ted Bogner, president of Bogner Construction Management Co. (BCMC), and Jennifer Anderson, also of BCMC. From fieldhouse to sports complex Early plans – dating from the 1990s – envisioned only a fieldhouse, but competition with other schools drove decision-making. Prior to Scot Center’s opening, the school had no indoor track, teams dressed in cramped locker rooms, and some teams had to vie for prac-tice times at local high-school gyms. Facilities for aerobics and other activities were sparse, if they existed at all. Student life, an important marketing tool for small colleges, sat center-stage in 3URSHUWLHV | November 2012

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