At its regular meeting on Thursday, September 5, the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees heard updates on the construction of a new Aquatic Center and the Screaming Eagles Complex, comprised of the recently-completed Screaming Eagles Arena and renovation and expansion of Phase II of the complex (formerly known as the Physical Activities Center (PAC). Both projects are part of a $38.5 million project funded by the Indiana General Assembly in 2017.
The new 25,000 square-foot, Aquatic Center, scheduled to open in late 2020, will feature a 25-meter by 25-yard pool with eight competitive lanes and two warm-up lanes. It also will feature diving platforms, bench seating for 200 spectators, two locker rooms, timing and scoreboard equipment and access to the building through the existing Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center. The facility replaces the former pool which was removed during construction of the Arena.
Upon expected completion in 2021, the former PAC will feature a 35,400 square-foot addition, which will house increased fitness and training spaces for student athletes, including drop-down batting cages for baseball and softball practice, and eight locker rooms for USI and visiting student athletes. Importantly, the USI community also will have access to eight classrooms, an academic lab and new lounge areas for students and faculty office space. The renovation will provide improved spaces for athletic, intramural and academic usage.
In other business, the USI Board of Trustees approved housing and meal plan rates for the 2020-2021 academic year and the use of $1.1 million for the repair and rehabilitation of campus facilities as appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly.
Photo Credit: Cannon Design
A rendering of the completed Screaming Eagles Complex