Coe College plans Athletics and Recreation Complex dedication, community open house

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2017-10-02 09:48:58 - General

Athletics and Recreation Complex

Coe College will host a dedication and community open house for the new Athletics and Recreation Complex on Friday, Oct. 13. Following a brief ceremony at 4:30 p.m., the new and renovated facilities will be open for viewing. In addition, the entire complex will be open to the public for self-guided tours on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of Coe's Homecoming celebration.

During the dedication ceremony, those who provided support for the $21 million project will be recognized. The Coe College Athletics and Recreation Complex was funded in part by a generous grant from the Hall-Perrine Foundation, along with significant support from alumni and friends of the college.

"The new Athletics and Recreation Complex will enhance the Coe experience for each and every student over the course of the 21st century, propelling the college to the next level of overall excellence," said Coe President David McInally. "Coe's new and renovated athletic facilities now rank among the best in the region. We are grateful for the support provided by the Hall-Perrine Foundation, as well as alumni and friends of the college, for making this project possible."

The largest capital project in college history was designed to ensure that Coe is positioned to serve the next several generations of Kohawks. Health, wellness and active lifestyles are inherent in the campus community. More than 90 percent of Coe's 1,400 students participate in intramural sports, and nearly all Coe students regularly work out in the college's fitness center. In addition, Coe enrolls 450 varsity athletes and offers 21 intercollegiate sports.

The facility will not only meet current needs, but also align with the college's long-term strategic direction. Coe has leveraged its existing facilities by tying together Eby Fieldhouse and Clark Racquet Center into a comprehensive, 200,000-square-foot Athletics and Recreation Complex. This has provided all of the amenities that many colleges have, but at less than one-half of the cost. 

In addition, the state-of-the-art Athletics and Recreation Complex will serve the entire community by emphasizing a culture of health and wellness. With the additional space provided by the new facility, Coe plans to increase wellness and athletic programming and access to recreational space for children and youth from the Cedar Rapids community. Emphasis will be placed on serving those in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

The Coe Athletics and Recreation Complex includes the following key components:

Kohawk Arena
The new Kohawk Arena seats more than 1,600 spectators. It is designed with a modern configuration where visitors enter in an upper-level concourse. Along with serving as a competition arena for basketball, volleyball and wrestling, the new gymnasium provides space for recreational activities and sports camps.

Fitness Center and Bridge
A key feature of the project is a bridge over College Drive that joins the new Eby addition to the Clark Racquet Center, creating a new, comprehensive facility. This bridge—which is mostly glass—provides a stunning visual feature for the Coe community and visitors alike. This area of the facility includes the new Fitness Center, with all-new aerobic and weight-training equipment.  

J. Barron Bremner Wrestling Room
A featured space within the complex, the new 7,000-square-foot wrestling room was named to honor the legacy of former Coe coach and Athletics Director Barron Bremner. This premier facility is the largest wrestling room in NCAA Division III. Even in the wrestling tradition-rich state of Iowa, Coe is unique in foregrounding wrestling in this way.

The J. Barron Bremner Wrestling Room was made possible through the generosity of John Strohm '79 and his wife, Mary Pat Link.

Strength and Conditioning Room 
The new strength and conditioning area features equipment that is specially designed to enhance individualized weight training for student-athletes. This large room wraps around the southern face of the natatorium and joins with the Fitness Center, the J. Barron Bremner Wrestling Room and Kohawk Arena. This has created a design that gives the entire project a cohesive whole and aligns with existing campus architecture.

Eby Fieldhouse
Moray L. Eby Memorial Fieldhouse, built in 1930 in honor of longtime Coe professor of physical education and coach Moray Eby, has long served as the headquarters for Kohawk athletics.

The centerpiece of the Eby renovation is the conversion of the old gymnasium and wrestling area into a multi-purpose court for recreational sports and intercollegiate practices. The facility includes three basketball courts that can be separated by curtains or opened into one large area for throwing, indoor soccer, baseball and softball practices, and countless other activities.

New dedicated locker rooms for football, baseball, women's soccer, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and men's basketball, along with two visiting team locker rooms, were constructed in the lower level of Eby. In addition, new infrastructure was installed including HVAC, windows, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Clark Racquet Center
Clark Racquet Center received enhancements as well, including a new elevator and other improvements to integrate the facility with the entire project. Funded with the help of K. Raymond Clark '30, the center was built in 1989.

Clark Field and Stadium
The athletic facilities project began in 2015 with the completion of a new, state-of-the-art track and other enhancements at Clark Field, also named in honor of the college's preeminent benefactor, K. Raymond Clark '30. Improvements included much-needed additional seating for Kohawk fans, including spectator capacity by 50 percent on the home side of the stadium.

The Make Your Move Campaign

In October 2015, Coe College embarked on the largest capital project in its history, one which will provide unparalleled benefits for future generations of students while creating pride among all Kohawks. Make Your Move – the Campaign for Eby and Hickok – includes $24 million in essential campus enhancements, including the Athletic and Recreation Complex project as well as the renovation and expansion of Hickok Hall. The result is vastly improved academic, recreational, wellness and competition facilities.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates