We will continue to nurture our campus facilities to best serve our students. Projects planned through the Invest in Excellence Campaign include:
Best Hall Building Expansion
Best Hall of Science is slated for a 26,000-square-foot addition. The $6.6 million project will bring seven laboratories for biology, chemistry and multipurpose laboratories to serve students in engineering, health sciences, sciences and other fields of study, 12 offices and two new group study spaces.
The Best Hall addition will be home to the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences, which is being named in honor of Dr. James R. Rinker, 1958 alumnus, in recognition of his $2.5 million estate gift to support the project. Additional significant financial contributors to the building project include William and Barbara DuBois, Metal Technologies Foundation, Tom and Suellea Tecco, Keith and Cindy Turner, and the estates of E. Kenneth Jung and Katherine J. Jung.
The addition is expected to open in spring 2017.
Thunder Ice Arena
Trine University’s new 50,600-square-foot, 1,000-seat ice arena will be located on the southwest portion of campus near the softball and soccer fields. The arena, with an estimated construction cost of $7.2 million, will include an NCAA-compliant ice rink, men’s and women’s lockers, concessions, a pro shop with wearables, sticks and skates for sale, a VIP lounge and two press boxes. It also will include an area for skate sharpening and rental.
Trine’s NCAA DIII men’s and women’s hockey teams will take to the ice starting in fall 2017. The university has applied for membership in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, a conference of regional institutions, and will apply to the American Collegiate Hockey Association DI.
The new arena also will host club and youth hockey programs for the Steuben County YMCA and local school corporations. It also will be open to the public for skating at designated times.
The new 3,000-seat athletic and event center, with 74,840 square feet and an estimated construction cost of $10.3 million, will feature three basketball courts, a six-lane bowling alley and a fitness center, which will include machines as well as a free weight area. It also will include concessions, an alumni suite and the Trine University Athletic Hall of Fame.
The new center will host Trine men’s and women’s basketball games.
We believe physical fitness contributes to the wholeness and well-being of our students and society. Our Hershey Hall athletic facility, now over 40 years old, needs major renovation and expansion to support over 600 student-athletes, 21 NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletic teams, and staff, space and equipment necessary to serve them, and to provide fitness programs for our community.