Author: Marshall Green
Categories: Athletics

Progress on the Houghton College Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex is steadily moving forward. To date, the architectural firm Keystone Associates out of Binghamton, N.Y. has been contracted as the lead architectural firm.

Keystone Associates is currently conducting a feasibility study of two potential sites for the new field house and playing fields. Both potential sites are parallel to the main campus with one site flanking the east side of route 19 and the other site flanking the west side of route 19. Both sites would allow for prime visibility for the college.

The tentative timeline for the design and construction process is as follows:

*(All dates are tentative and pending BOT approval.)

  • Site recommendation by the end of April 2012
  • Approval of design for proposed construction by the end of May 2012
  • Construction contract for fields awarded by the end of June 2012
  • Construction contract for Field House awarded by the end of January 2013
  • Field construction completed by the end of March 2013
  • Field house construction completed by the end of February 2014

According to Harold “Skip” Lord, director of athletics at Houghton College, “the $12 million gift by the Pegulas is a great opportunity for others to give and be part of the shared vision of Houghton College athletics in the future.” The initial $12 million will go toward the development and construction of both the athletic fields and a “basic” field house. A more comprehensive ‘enhanced design’ will enable a more comprehensive field house, pending future donated funds.

The field design will give the college the ability to host baseball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey games and practices. The tentative designs could possibly include multiple fields that are sport-specific or a single field that is multi-sport capable.

The field house design has three main priorities: an indoor track and field facility capable of hosting significant indoor meets; a competition-quality tennis facility; and space for athletic teams to train and practice during the winter months.

Progress of the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex can be followed online at Finalized blue prints, photos and timeline updates will be posted to the website as they become available.