Indiana State breaks ground for $21.7 million Student Recreation Center

July 19 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- For a group of young Indiana State University alumni, a dream was realized Thursday (July 19) with the groundbreaking of the future home of the University’s Student Recreation Center.

The 109,420-square-foot facility will house a three-court gymnasium; a recreation aquatics facility, with separate pools for lap swimming and instructional/leisure activities; fitness center, outfitted with cardio and strength training equipment; climbing wall; elevated jogging/running track; multi-purpose activity studios suitable for aerobics, martial arts and fitness classes; a multi-activity court designed for indoor soccer, roller hockey and other activities; offices for Recreational Sports, a healthy snack bar, an outdoor equipment center; and locker facilities and equipment rooms.

ISU President Lloyd W. Benjamin III lauded the efforts of current and former Student Government Association Presidents Megan McManana, Hobart Scales and A.J. Patton along with three former student trustees, Doug Huntsinger, Jessica Robertson and Grant Scharton, for championing the project from the planning stages to reality.

“They showed extraordinary leadership with this project,” Benjamin said.

All six students were in attendance and participated in the groundbreaking.

“This project was conceived by, designed by and funded by students,” said Thomas Ramey, vice president of Student Affairs.

Scales recalled the humble beginnings of the project.

“Megan (McManama) and Doug (Huntsinger) were the founders of this idea. I remember sitting in Doug’s office and seeing this idea come to life,” he said.

For Patton, the current Student Government President, it was a momentous occasion.

“We’ve worked very hard in order for this project to materialize for us all. The Rec Center is a fine example of current and past students giving back to the University. We’ve all made sacrifices for this project.”

According to Benjamin, the new facility will enhance the student experience.

“We anticipate this facility will become the center of activity on our campus, and we are excited about the opportunities it will provide our students,” he said.

The $21.7 million facility, designed by Hastings+Chivetta Architects Inc. of St. Louis, will be located directly across from Lincoln Quad, an ISU residence hall, and will be accessible from Tippecanoe Street.

"This building is not only attractive but very functional," said Ramey. "It promotes healthy lifestyles, encourages a life-long commitment to wellness and strengthens the sense of community on campus. This facility, along with the expanded recreational program, will also introduce new forms of recreation to students."

The project impressed Clyde Kersey, a local legislator who helped guide it through the Indiana General Assembly.

“This was a very unique project because it came directly from the students,” he said.

Construction on the two-story facility is anticipated to take 18 months. Targeted completion date for the project is early 2009. Hannig Construction will serve as the general contractor.

During the regularly-scheduled meeting of the ISU Board of Trustees, Mike Alley was selected to serve a third term as president for 2007-08. Ron Carpenter, Indianapolis, was chosen to serve as vice president while Richard Shagley, Terre Haute, will hold the office of secretary.

In addition to selecting officers for the upcoming term, new trustee Joyce Rogers of Indianapolis and student trustee Amy Huntsinger of Frankton were seated. Two other trustees, Norman Lowery and Ron Carpenter, began new four-year terms.


Contact: Teresa Exline, University Spokesperson, (812) 237-7783 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communication & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or

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For a group of young Indiana State University alumni, a dream was realized Thursday (July 19) with the groundbreaking of the future home of the University’s Student Recreation Center.

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