On December 1st, Houghton College announced the second largest gift in the college’s history. The $12 million gift, given by Houghton alumna Kim (Kerr ’91) Pegula and her husband Terry Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans hockey teams, will build a multisport complex. Just over a month later, the college has been working hard to develop plans for the new facility.
Construction for the Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex is tentatively scheduled to begin in June of this year and be completed by mid-March of 2013. Harold [Skip] Lord, executive director of athletics, is currently requesting and accepting construction proposals until January 20, 2012, with the hope that the Houghton College Board of Trustees will make a final decision and award the contract by February 10.
Houghton College is currently an exploratory member of the NCAA Division III & belongs to the Empire 8 Conference. As part of the transition to NCAA, Houghton will be adding new sports teams to its athletics offerings, starting with baseball and softball this spring. Tennis, golf and lacrosse for both men and women will be added over the next two years. The Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex will meet the many needs of the current athletics program and help accommodate the program’s future growth.
The total integrated project is incorporating three parts: construction of a multisport field-turf facility, construction of a multipurpose field house adjacent to the new fields, and an endowment fund for maintenance and upkeep staffing.
Houghton College has developed a webpage to keep the public up-to-date on the project’s progress, including tentative timelines, construction photos, press releases, and more. Please visit: www.houghton.edu/news/Kerr-Pegula-Center