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Waubonsee Community College fieldhouse project breaks ground

A new fieldhouse project is underway at Waubonsee Community College, and is expected to significantly upgrade the Sugar Grove school’s athletic facilities.

The $19 million, 59,000-square-foot fieldhouse broke ground Friday.

“This was one of the projects we had outlined in our 2020 College Master Plan,” Waubonsee assistant director of marketing and communications Stephanie Wennmacher said. 

The 59,000-square-foot facility will support Waubonsee’s athletic programs, credit and noncredit physical education, wellness instruction and general recreation for students and the community. 

“The fieldhouse will be a great facility, not only for our student-athletes, but for our student body and the community at large,” Wennmacher said. 

Features of the fieldhouse include three indoor courts. Two will have traditional athletic flooring, while the third will have artificial turf to accommodate soccer, baseball and softball practices for Waubsonee’s athletic programs. 

The second floor will feature a three-lane suspended running track, along with a 2,500-square-foot fitness/dance studio with its own sound system. 

The fieldhouse will be connected to the east side of existing Erickson Hall, with a new main entrance and lobby providing access to both buildings.

The project will include renovations to Erickson Hall, including the addition of an athletic team workout room, an upgraded athletic training room, new locker rooms and a remodeled athletic study hall. 

Designed by Cordogan, Clark & Associates, the fieldhouse is expected to open in early 2015.

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