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As athletics were first developing at Benedictine University more than thirty years ago, Dan and Ada Rice brought forth their vision for an athletic facility that would educate, improve physical fitness and provide a spirit of competition at the school. In 1976, the two contributed nearly $1.4 million to the construction of the Rice Center.
Today, the building still has a significant presence on campus; serving as the main point for recreation on campus. The University is continuing to advance and the Dan and Ada Rice Center is now undergoing a transformation. The goal is to provide student-athletes a facility in which they can compete, train and grow.
The renovation and expansion of the Dan and Ada Rice Athletic Facility marks International Contractors’ third project as Construction Manager for Benedictine University in as many years. In partnership with DLR Group architects, ICI transformed the school’s existing fitness center to make way for a new, modern athletic facility.
The entry of the dated facility has been demolished and a sleek glass, metal panel and masonry addition have taken its place; reinforcing the facility’s significant presence on campus.
The building contained a non-operational pool in the Natatorium. The renovation plans called for this space to be back- filled and for a Fitness Center to take its place. The new 7,500 square foot Fitness Center includes a first floor cardio and circuit training area, a 5,200 square foot strength training area, yoga/pilates studios, conference studios, a reception space, as well as a training room for student athletes. The training room will house a hot and cold hydrotherapy plunge pool.
The Athletic Department and Coaching Staff’s cramped offices were demolished and expanded to create an open, spacious environment. Windows were cut into the masonry to allow the perimeter offices natural light. The new facility opened to students in late October 2011.
International Contractors’ continued partnership with the University has spanned the length of several projects and is also rooted in a friendship shared between ICI president, Bruce Bronge, and Benedictine President, William J. Carroll. The 2011 President’s Partner of the Year Award was presented to Bruce this past spring, with Carroll acknowledging him as “A special university friend who created a positive collaborative relationship with the University.”