Wilmington College Breaks Ground on $8.4M Center for Sports Sciences

Wilmington College broke ground last week on its Center for Sports Sciences, at the site of the former Charlie Gilhart Soccer Field, in Wilmington. The Clinton County college said it will invest $8.4 million in the project and that its new facility will be ”like no other.”

Wilmington College broke ground last week on its $8.4 million Center for Sports Sciences, at the site of the former Charlie Gilhart Soccer Field, in Wilmington. The college promised a facility “like no other” on its campus in Wilmington. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015, the center will include academic, athletic, recreational and commercial components.

In addition to housing the school’s athletic training program, the facility will provide a home for 21 sports teams and offer students more options for recreation. In addition, the Center for Sports Sciences will host world-class orthopedic, physical therapy and hospital imaging. Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Drayer Physical Therapy and Clinton Memorial Hospital will each have satellite branches at the facility.

The project calls for the construction of a 17,400-square-foot sports training facility that will feature an indoor playing surface with artificial turf. An outdoor field on the west end of the complex will feature lighting and artificial turf. Meanwhile, a 3,000-square-foot athletic training facility will house state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds called the project ”a great example of a powerful public/private partnership.” And Terry Rupert, a vice president at the college, said that the facility “will directly impact well over half of our student body as they engage in their academic, athletic and recreational pursuits, and will be an especially appealing attraction for prospective students.”

The project is designed by Cincinnati-based MSA Architects. According to the Dayton Business Journal, it will create 37 new full-time jobs and 80 construction jobs.

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