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 made a financial contribution for the construction of the Rice Center. Throughout the years, the building had a significant presence; serving as the main point for recreation.
Eventually, significant updates needed to be made. The University hired ICI for the renovation and expansion of the facility; marking ICI’s third project with the University in as many years. The entry of the dated facility was demolished and a sleek glass, metal panel and masonry addition took its place, reinforcing the facility’s significant presence on campus.
The building contained a non-operational pool in the natatorium. This space was back-filled and a Fitness Center took 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.
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