Springfield College's newly renovated Judd Gymnasia, including the Stitzer YMCA Center, received the 2011 Paul E. Tsongas Award, at the Preservation Massachusetts awards dinner. The college was one of 21 awardees.
Springfield College’s newly renovated Judd Gymnasia received a 2011 Preservation Award at the Springfield Preservation Trust Preservation Awards ceremony on June 15, 2011.
Originally built in 1894 and expanded in 1910, the red-brick Victorian structure—the oldest building on campus—recently underwent extensive renovation encompassing 37,256 square feet on five levels. The renovations were completed in September 2010. Prominent throughout the building are representations and examples of the current and longstanding national and international ties of Springfield College to the YMCA. Judd Gymnasia houses the new Stitzer YMCA Center, established through lead gifts from the Stitzer family, which includes the Springfield College Office of YMCA Relations, national YMCA Hall of Fame (which has been located at the College since its inception in 1985), offices of the Association of YMCA Professionals, a YMCA Club room, and the Harold C. Smith room. Other components of Judd Gymnasia include the new Springfield College Museum, the College Archives and Special Collections, Office of Alumni Relations, and a large multipurpose room for up to 450 people.
Judd Gymnasia received a 2011 Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts. The award recognizes Massachusetts colleges, universities, and preparatory schools that have utilized and embraced preservation in their educational identity for the benefit of future generations of students. It also received a Preservation Award from the Springfield Preservation Trust, which recognizes those who are maintaining and restoring buildings that reflect architectural and cultural heritage.
Richard B. Flynn Campus Union
The Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, which opened January 2010, includes space for student organizations and activities, international programs, career services, volunteer programs, residence life, and the administrative staff of the student affairs division. It features a food court with a two-story atrium, sports bistro with large flat-screen televisions, and the spiritual life center with a meditation room. Other spaces include a large sub-dividable multipurpose room with LCD projectors, bookstore, convenience store, post office, conference rooms and lounges, and activity space.
The main entrance of the 58,500-square-foot building features a rotunda illuminated with computer-controlled colored lighting and topped by an electronic carillon programmed to play 500 songs and sounds. All entrances are equipped with large flat-screen televisions displaying daily schedules of campus events and announcements. Landscaping includes an adjacent multilevel terrace with lake views.
The Richard B. Flynn Campus Union was recognized for design excellence in the 2010 Architectural Portfolio of American School & University (AS&U) magazine, an annual competition that spotlights some of the most effective learning environments in America.
The Wellness Center
The 47,840-square-foot Wellness and Recreation Complex offers cardio and weight-training space, a climbing and bouldering wall, four multipurpose teaching/activity spaces, fitness-testing laboratories, and more. It opened September 2008.
The Wellness and Recreation Complex received the 2009 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), an annual award recognizing innovative designs that are model collegiate recreational facilities. It was one of six winning entries chosen from colleges and universities around the country.
The Field House
Constructed in 2008, the 93,820-square-foot Field House, located adjacent to the Wellness and Recreation Complex, incorporates a six-lane running track with a Mondo “FTX” running surface; four multipurpose courts, each with the ability to be closed off by a netting system; locker rooms; a fully equipped 9,000-square-foot strength and conditioning facility; concessions; and more.
The Athletic Training/Exercise Science Facility
This two-story, 18,900-square-foot complex provides students and faculty with interactive and experiential learning environments, as well as dedicated research space for the study of all aspects of wellness and human performance. The new athletic training room offers studentathletes access to athletic health care at the highest level. It opened September 2008.
Completed in fall 2004, the 60,400-square-foot Senior Suites, which is home to 205 students, created a senior village when placed adjacent to the Townhouses. The suites changed the trend toward off-campus living among upper-class students and has attracted seniors and graduate students back to campus. The residence hall has been filled to capacity since its opening.
Newly constructed and completed in the spring of 2003, the President’s Residence fulfilled the desire of the Board of Trustees to have the current and future presidents reside on campus. It also provided much-needed space for presidential entertaining of students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College.
Renovations and Enhancements
Fuller Arts Center
The newly remodeled Fuller Arts Center, completed in March 2009, showcases the performing arts programs at the College. Renovations to the Linkletter Foyer include a new entrance; a new façade of glass, brick, and limestone; new flooring; and a track-lighted ceiling. The floor in Appleton Auditorium, the center’s 300-seat performance and lecture space, has been raised to improve visibility of the stage. Other improvements include new stage flooring and curtains, a new computerized stage lighting system, a new ceiling and sound system, and new acoustical wall panels. All of these improvements are designed to enhance the presentation of sophisticated arts events and programs—dance, theater, lectures, musical performances, and more—in the 11,500-square-foot facility.
James Naismith Court
The basketball court within Blake Arena has been formally named James Naismith Court, in honor of James Naismith, Class of 1891, who invented the game of basketball while teaching at the College in 1891. The newly named and refurbished court includes James Naismith’s name proudly displayed. The maple wood flooring, which was also installed in Dana Gymnasium, allows for a variety of athletic contests, classes, lectures, and shows.
Stagg Field (formerly Benedum Field) was resurfaced with a new state-of-the-art FieldTurf® synthetic surface and enhanced by extensive landscaping in 2007. With seating capacity for more than 3,800 spectators, Stagg Field was named in honor of Amos Alonzo Stagg, the College’s first football coach. The field is utilized for football, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and campus recreation.
Schoo-Bemis Science Center
An expansion and complete renovation of the Schoo-Bemis Science Center (formerly Schoo Hall) was completed in the spring of 2007. The 36,000-square-foot building houses the biology/chemistry and physics/math/computer sciences departmental and faculty offices. The space provides an integrated, centralized location for science instruction that allows for interdisciplinary collaboration. Classrooms, labs, lounges, and event space complete the facility’s offerings.
The 28,600-square-foot Cheney Hall dining facility was expanded and renovated in 2004. Cheney Hall provides a state-of-the-art dining experience for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, with expanded seating for more than 600 people. The external walkway was incorporated into the interior, and the glassed seating area offers sweeping views of Naismith Green, as well as numerous seating options. Food preparation areas are located in the front of the facility, allowing for quality food choices made to order. Also renovated were meeting rooms and food service offices.
The 5,800-square-foot undergraduate and graduate Admissions Center was expanded, renovated, and completed in spring 2003 to provide improved facilities to serve the prospective Springfield College students.
This facility, previously named Bemis Hall, provides the College community with general classroom space. An extensive renovation was completed in the fall of 2007. The 17,000-square-foot building contains seven classrooms, each with capacity for 30-50 students, and one tiered classroom seating 80, as well as state-of-the-art instructional technology. It also houses the newly expanded Academic Success Center.
Herbert P. Blake Hall
Blake Hall houses the School of Human Services (SHS); the departments of visual and performing arts, emergency medical services management, physician assistant, sport management and recreation, and social sciences; and the Alden Center for Interactive Learning. It was renovated in the fall of 2001 with the goal of returning all traditional undergraduate programs to the main campus, and to consolidate SHS faculty and staff. The 55,400-square-foot building was dedicated in honor of Herbert P. Blake in 2006.
The expansion and renovation of the 19,300-square-foot Brennan Center, completed in fall 2002, houses the School of Social Work and the College’s conference center. The renovation was undertaken to provide enhanced space for its inhabitants and to support meeting-space needs. An additional renovation of the College’s former 3,800-square-foot archival space was completed in 2012.
Irv Schmid Sports Complex
Two synthetic-turf fields—including the resurfaced Brock-Affleck game field—lighting, bleachers, parking, ticket booth, concessions, rest rooms, and fencing make up the Irv Schmid Sports Complex, dedicated during Reunion 2007. Completed in 2005, the 210,000-square-foot complex provides play and practice facilities for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well as for other team practices, physical education classes, and campus recreation. Named for the legendary men’s soccer coach and teacher, the complex has been called “the finest two-field synthetic complex in the Northeast.”
Weiser Hall is home to the Humanities Department faculty offices, classrooms, and the television studio and journalism labs. A renovation to the 10,600-square-foot space was completed in spring 2006.
Originally a manufacturing facility that was acquired by the College in the mid-1960s, and serving since then as a primary classroom building, Locklin Hall is scheduled to undergo renovations and upgrades during the summer months of 2013. The building is home to a number of academic departments.
Department of Public Safety
For years this structure served as the home for Facilities and Campus Services (FACS). In 2012, when FACS moved into the renovated and recently acquired Springfield Plumbing Building, the building on Portsmouth Street was renovated to meet the needs of the Department of Public Safety. Encompassing more than 5,300 square feet, the facility now includes spaces for the officers and the various areas within the department, such as the transportation office and the photo ID office. It also includes expanded space for vehicle storage.
Blake Track and Appleton Tennis Courts
The Blake Track and Appleton Tennis Courts were extensively renovated in 2012. The Blake Track upgrades included a Beynon BSS 300 polyurethane “sandwich” track system; new long-jump, triple-jump, and pole vault runways; and an improved track drainage system. The Appleton Tennis Courts renovation included installation of eight post-tension concrete courts with US Open blue and green color scheme and Plexi-pave coloring system to cushion courts; new 10-foot black chain-link fencing; a new Musco lighting system; new landscaping, retaining wall, sidewalks, and arborvitae; and court wind screens featuring the Springfield College Pride logo.
Facilities and Campus Services
Facilities and Campus Services (FACS) moved into the former Springfield Plumbing Building in 2012. It was renovated to house areas such as electrical, carpentry, locksmith services, maintenance, and more. More than 10,200 square feet were upgraded and welcomed to the Springfield College campus.
The Administration Building on Naismith Green underwent significant renovations to assure a more student-friendly office configuration in 2012. Areas such as the Office of the Registrar, the Business Office, and Financial Aid received positive enhancements to their space. More than 16,000 square feet were included in this renovation.
The tornado of June 2011 that included a direct hit on Springfield College had the most serious impact on International Hall, the largest residence hall on campus. Windows, doors, and furniture were all swept out of the building by EF3-force winds. Fortunately no one was in the building at the time, so there were no injuries or deaths. An expedited plan to repair and reopen the building within three months was executed so effectively that the project received recognition from a statewide construction association. The project involved new roofing, new doors and windows, a complete paint job, new external panels, new furniture, and much more. This facility was also brought up to code and improved in many other ways to become a more welcoming residence hall than ever for Springfield College students.