Fundraising Underway for Lund Center Expansion Project

Gustavus is fundraising for an ambitious $60 million project that will expand and renovate the College's wellness and athletic facility.
Posted on February 21st, 2020 by

The Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees recently approved a plan to move forward with the development of construction documents for the proposed expansion and renovation of Lund Center, the College’s wellness and athletic facility.

Fundraising is underway for the ambitious $60 million project, which calls for a 160,000 square-foot expansion that will include new academic spaces, workout areas, offices, and an all-season field house with synthetic turf.

“The increased space and state-of-the-art facilities will support the incredible academic work that takes place here and honor our rich athletic tradition while creating an even greater experience for future generations of Gusties,” said Tom Brown, director of intercollegiate athletics.

An exterior rendering of the proposed Lund Center expansion and renovation project looking east over Hollingsworth Field.

An exterior rendering of the proposed Lund Center expansion and renovation project looking east over Hollingsworth Field.

When it originally opened in 1984, Lund Center was celebrated as one of the best athletic facilities in NCAA Division III. The proposed project will dramatically increase the size and scope of wellness and athletic facilities at Gustavus, providing a best-in-class experience for students, faculty, athletes, visitors, and members of the campus community.

“First and foremost, it will enhance the College’s commitment to wellness and wellbeing, and it will help us continue to attract outstanding students to Gustavus,” Brown said.

Highlights include:

  • A new academic wing housing improved classrooms, faculty offices, and a 120-seat lecture hall
  • The Human Performance Lab will more than double in size, supporting student research and hands-on learning in exercise science and athletic training programs
  • Upgraded locker rooms will provide improved spaces for visitors, employees, and varsity athletic teams
  • A new office suite will support athletic coaches and administrators and alleviate overcrowding in current office areas
  • The proposed 60,000 square foot field house will add all-season practice, exercise, and recreation space for multiple varsity sports, club teams, and intramural leagues.

$30 million has already been raised for the project, and an aggressive fundraising and planning timeline is underway as the College seeks to complete the project by late 2024.

“It will be the continued partnership of our generous alumni and friends that will enable us to deliver this project on time for our students,” said Thomas W. Young ’88, vice president for advancement.

The project is one of the major outcomes of Show the World, the College’s $225 million comprehensive campaign that was announced in September.

For more information about the Lund Center expansion and renovation project, visit the Show the World campaign website.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
jakin@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

 

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