ALUMNI GYM RENOVATIONS
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Alumni Gymnasium, at 54, is the oldest building on Rider University's Lawrenceville campus and is currently undergoing much needed renovation.
The primary focus of the renovation is the replacement of the heating system, original to the building, with modern heating and air conditioning, significantly improving the facility for use by Rider's Division I athletic programs and larger scale events. With this renovation comes the opportunity to make several other improvements including a drop ceiling with recessed lighting, a new sound system and newly sheet rocked walls that will be branded to reflect the official Rider Athletics logos.
"The desire for a new on-campus arena has been on the horizon and still remains a future institutional goal," said Director of Athletics Don Harnum. "The improvements to Alumni Gym will help bridge the gap for the next several years and will have a dramatically positive effect on the overall look and feel of the facility. They will provide a much needed face lift to a venue that has been at the core of the Rider Athletics experience for over 50 years."
A portion of the funding for the new HVAC system was derived from the refinancing of existing bonds and a new money issue to finance a variety of energy efficiency initiatives on the Lawrenceville campus, with the balance of the funds from vendor commitments.
The renovations will be completed by mid-May. Even with the changes, the cozy charm of the Broncs' Zoo will remain as fans will still be able to sit as close to the action as in any facility in the country, retaining the great home court advantage for the University's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams.