They’ve been there since the building was constructed in 1969, but this summer Croy Gymnasium’s bleachers will finally be replaced as part of a plan to increase safety and modernize aesthetics.
Jim Givens, associate athletic director for development and business, said the new bleachers will have railings and a more streamlined design that will better separate the fans from the players’ bench areas.
“From a safety standpoint, we need to do this,” Givens explained. “It’s the right thing to do.”
The bleacher replacement will happen after floor refinishing, which takes place every two years. Graphics will replace logos throughout the space. The gym’s ceiling has already been painted. Givens said the cosmetic changes will result in a cleaner look.
Work in Croy is expected to conclude the first week of August, just before the start of the fall semester.
But the gymnasium overhaul is only one of several planned construction and renovation projects throughout The University of Findlay’s main campus this spring and summer that will enable functional improvements and cosmetic changes.
Some other larger projects include:
- Greenhouse conversion – Frost Science Center rooftop space that was once occupied by a greenhouse is being turned into additional classrooms and offices. The greenhouse has already been disassembled and relocated to 407 Davis Street, where botany students will continue to grow and study plants.
- Indoor track resurfacing – Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex’s track will be replaced. The track, which had a 10-year warranty, is original to the center, which opened in 2000. Its inside lanes have become worn.
- Court removal – The tennis courts and adjacent basketball courts behind the Renninger All Hazards Training Center don’t get much use. Those who do play tennis use the Armstrong Sports Complex. Therefore, crews will be turning the 24,000-square-foot area into green space that will primarily be used for intramural games and band practice. Tables, chairs and attractive landscaping will enhance the space.
- Trailer removal – The 12 modular trailers placed at various locations around campus for classroom and office use will all be removed.
- Hall renovations – Morey and Myers Halls will receive new windows and heating and cooling systems. The Marketing and Communication Department, housed on Myers’ first floor, has been temporarily relocated to Old Main, Room 212. The Admissions Department, previously housed on the first floor of Morey, has been relocated to 1315 N. Main St., the site of the former Stately Raven bookstore.