CANTON – The president of the University of St. Lawrence says it has been officially given the green light to begin the long-awaited updates to one of the school's most historic and famous sports centers.
Appleton Arena, Opened in 1951, is considered one of the most important heritage buildings of the university, and a sports venue in which hockey players of the NCAA Division I have been proud to tie their swords for generations. Its well-used wooden seats and high vaulted ceilings have also provided warmth to hockey fans, students and parents for decades.
In recent years, the university has been raising funds to improve facilities, and this week St Lawrence University President William L. Fox said it is time to start the project.
"The Appleton Arena character has aged over the years as a well-designed historic home," he said in a statement. "In the ice hockey world of Division I of the NCAA, he shares the comparable essence of Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. And like those beloved landmarks, renewed in each generation, you need a timely update. "
Mr. Fox described Appleton Arena as one of the" most venerable and distinctive structures "of St. Lawrence .
"Appleton is the" dream trail "for young people from the north of the country and the" forever home "of St. Lawrence hockey." Mr. Fox said. "And that's why this project, conceived by generous laurentian families, is so important to the sense of pride and tradition of our university. "
The president of St. Lawrence University noted that for student-athletes, renovations will provide Both the St. Lawrence men's and women's hockey program with superior sports facilities at the start of the 2019-20 season.
University officials say that a little over a year ago, the school embarked on a comprehensive study of Appleton Arena, looking for ways to improve the attractiveness of facilities for both athletes and fans. As a result of these efforts, he selected the world design firm HOK Architectural to work on the local project. The firm is known in part for the design of sports venues. The architecture company then delivered its findings to the Steering, Planning, and Supervisory Committee of St. Lawrence University, as well as to its Campus Users Group in the fall, according to school officials.
"Two important financial commitments secured last summer as part of The Campaign for Every Laurentian launched the project: a $ 10 million donation from former student Tom Dolan '74 and the Dolan Family Foundation, and a $ 1.5 donation. Millions of the Torrey and MacAllaster families in memory of William A. "Bill" Torrey Sr. '57, "university officials said in their announcement of the upcoming construction project." Since then, St. Lawrence has obtained additional substantial donations, raising about $ 17 million to date for the donor-funded Appleton renovation project. "
A second phase of the project will also expand Appleton to support. According to the university, lacrosse of men and women from the Saints NCAA III, field hockey, softball and rowing teams for men and women, that part of the renewal will begin as the fundraiser is completed.  459005]
Construction in the first phase of the renovations will begin after the conclusion of the hockey season 2018-19.
"While preserving the charm of the iconic wooden seats and roof vaulted is a priority, the improvements will include a new entrance, the expansion of the rooms, the extension of concessions, additional social spaces, including the Legends of Appleton Room, and the improvement of the technologies of transmission and live transmission ", a university Press release said. "It will also include a Strength and Conditioning Center named in memory of Dolan's friend and companion, Michael" Buddy "Cornacchia '74, who died in 2014.
Northland Associates, of Liverpool, has been selected as For the project, according to university officials, Northland has worked on several campus projects over the years, including Johnson Hall of Science, Kirk Douglas Hall, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall and Sullivan Student Center .
The Appleton Arena project is supported by The Campaign for All Laurentians is the largest comprehensive fundraising initiative in the more than 160-year history of St. Lawrence University.
With a $ 225 million fundraising goal, the campaign is aimed at expanding and building all aspects of the St. Lawrence University experience. officials said.
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