Coe College receives $1.386 million historic tax credit for Eby Fieldhouse renovation

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-11-17 11:02:55 - General

Eby Fieldhouse

Coe College has been awarded a $1.386 million tax credit from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) for the recent renovation of Eby Fieldhouse. The Eby project was part of the new Coe Athletics and Recreation Complex, which was completed in August. The entire $21 million facility—the largest capital project in college history—was designed to ensure that Coe is positioned to serve the next several generations of Kohawks.

Eby Fieldhouse - renovated multi-purpose space
The converted multi-purpose court for recreational sports and intercollegiate practices in the renovated Eby Fieldhouse.

Moray L. Eby Memorial Fieldhouse, built in 1930 in honor of longtime Coe Professor of Physical Education and coach Moray Eby, has served as the hub of Kohawk athletics for nearly 90 years. The centerpiece of the Eby renovation was 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.

"From the beginning of this major capital project, Coe has been committed to preserving and enhancing Eby Fieldhouse, while adding to it with the construction of the new Athletics and Recreation Complex," said Coe President David McInally. "Through this project, our traditional fieldhouse has been completely modernized, while its distinctive historic and architectural features have been retained. We are grateful to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for supporting the preservation of Eby, which will continue to serve the needs of Coe students for decades to come."

Awards totaling $19.7 million were awarded for 13 historic preservation projects across the state. Projects are scored based on readiness, financing, and local support and participation. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has registered these projects to receive these tax credits via the Historic Preservation and Cultural Entertainment District (HPCED) tax credit program.

The IEDA, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs' (DCA) State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), administers the HPCED program. The program provides a state income tax credit to projects for rehabilitation of historic buildings. The program is designed to promote the retention of unique, character-defining buildings and building features that contribute to a community and neighborhood. Rehabilitation must meet the federal Secretary of Interior standards.

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.