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College launches largest project in 40 Years

March 25, 2014

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Ursuline College has reached a $5.3 million settlement with the College’s insurance provider after the O’Brien Athletic Center was destroyed by a tornado that struck the campus last July. A new $10 million facility constructed to accommodate the needs of Ursuline’s 1,500 students and College community will replace the original athletic center, constructed as a recreational facility for a then student population of 400.

The new facility will host Ursuline’s 11 athletic programs, which had been accepted to NCAA Division II two weeks before the tornado. To supplement the cost of the new athletic center, a campaign to raise an additional $5 million is underway.

Demolition of Ursuline’s O’Brien Athletic Center will begin next month. The College will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic center as well as the Center for Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences (of which construction was delayed due to the tornado damage to campus) April 29. Both buildings are set to begin construction simultaneously this spring.

“This construction will be the largest project the campus has undergone in over 40 years,” Ursuline College President, Sr. Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D said. “The new facilities will reinforce Ursuline’s strength as a leader in women’s education.”

“The buildings will provide Ursuline students and student athletes with the resources they need to succeed on and off the field, which will inspire them to reach their highest potential,” said Stano.

For more information, visit ursuline.edu/rebuild.

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