Saint Vincent plans to open a new multipurpose sports center in the summer of 2023

Saint Vincent College plans to break ground on an $18 million indoor sports and recreation complex this spring that could be ready for occupancy by summer 2023.

The Dunlap Family Athletic and Recreation Center, named after the project’s key donors, will include 82,200 square meters of indoor space including an artificial grass practice field, a recreational track and a number of multi-purpose athletic fields.

It complements the facilities of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, which houses Unity College’s basketball and volleyball courts and a weight room.

The Dunlap Center will be “an additional place for recreation and exercise,” said Dave Hollenbaugh, the college’s vice president of institutional development.

For the college’s varsity athletes, he said, “There will be a significant amount of indoor grass for practice in inclement weather.”

The new center will improve the facilities available for in-house athletics and, for general recreation, will accommodate everything from walking and jogging to Frisbee and pickup games of volleyball and basketball, Hollenbaugh said.

Other amenities include a fitness room, sports training center for medical therapy and treatment, healthy cafe and meeting rooms.

“This new Dunlap Family Center will deliberately and explicitly address the needs of Saint Vincent College’s students,” said the college’s president, Rev. Paul Taylor, in a press release. “It was carefully developed with student input and incorporating the latest technology and kinesiology science.

“We are very grateful to Ed and Anna Dunlap, Tim and Teri Dunlap and their families for their generous gift and trust in us. Your investment in Saint Vincent College and in the lives of our students will bear much fruit today and for generations to come.”

Over the years, the Dunlap family has contributed to several major capital projects in Saint Vincent. Ed Dunlap is Founder and Chairman of Canonsburg-based commercial roofing and flooring company CentiMark Corp. His son Tim is the company’s President and CEO.

In addition to private donations, funding for the new sports center includes a $1.5 million grant from the State’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The center will be built on the college’s underused #5 Athletic Field at the south end of a parking lot that also serves the Fred M. Rogers Center.

Jeff Himler is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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