Published Fri, Oct 7, 2011 7:51 am Dateline
Ohio University's new Multi-Purpose Center will provide a wealth of activity for OU students in the near future.
Slated for completion during the 2014-15 academic year, incoming freshman this year can anticipate using the center at some point during their Senior year.
Funding for the center began with a generous $10 million donation from alumi Robert and Margaret Walter.
“It is gratifying to support our alma mater in this way,” said Robert Walter. “We understand the important role that donor support will play in fulfilling the University’s mission. This gift will help the University enhance the student experience by supporting academic and co-curricular activities.”
While the Walters' donation provided a great amount of support for the facility, additional funds are needed to complete the $11 million project.
The practice fields East of Peden Stadium will house the 74,000 square foot facility, which features a 190-by-390 foot artificial turf surface for use by a variety of campus units.
“Ohio University students are doers, they’re participants,” Assistant Dean for Campus Recreation Doug Franklin said, “Studies show that to be true and this facility will be a great way for students to remain active in a place they can be proud of.”
The Multi-Purpose Center will be used by Ohio University varsity sports, academic classes, intramurals and recreation, club sports, student organizations, special events, the Marching 110, ROTC and community activities.