BC to Break Ground on $9 Million Nininger Hall Renovation
The $9 million renovation of and addition to Bridgewater College's Nininger Hall, which houses the college's athletics programs and the department of health and human sciences, will be celebrated Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m., with a groundbreaking ceremony.
The transformation of Nininger, which was built in 1958 and renovated in 1988, will increase the facility's footprint by as much as 16,000 square feet and will provide a renovated gymnasium, updated classrooms and laboratory for the health and human sciences program, renovated faculty and coaches offices, new locker rooms, training/rehab center, strength/conditioning facility and team room.
Other features of the renovation include a new, multi-sport flexible locker room; new building façade and lobby; and new Athletic Hall of Fame celebration area.
Jopson Field will be included in the makeover, receiving a turf field and the installation of lights.
The first phase of the project is the addition to Nininger’s southwest corner overlooking Jopson Field. That section is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. After basketball season ends in March 2014, the second phase will begin and is expected to be completed by the time students return to campus in August.
Bridgewater College President David W. Bushman said that the expansion and renovation of Nininger are more than simply construction projects to enhance the physical plant. He said the effort to update the campus' athletic center is closely aligned with the college's emphasis on a holistic education that embraces academics, co-curricular activities and connections to the broader community.
"At Bridgewater we focus on the total educational experience, and the student-athlete component of that is important," said Bushman, who pointed out that one-third of Bridgewater's students participate in intercollegiate athletics. "We want our student-athletes to have high-quality practice and competition venues and our health and human sciences programs to have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.”
Bridgewater has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the Nininger project, which was designed by the Greensboro, N.C.-based architectural firm of Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates and will be executed by Lantz Construction in Broadway, Va.