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Loyola Names New Athletics Facility
CHICAGO, May 13, 2010 — Loyola University Chicago trustee and former men’s basketball player Allan Norville (BS ’60) and his wife, Alfie, have come forward to provide the lead gift for the first phase of Loyola’s reimagine campaign, which involves the construction of an annex to the Joseph J. Gentile Center. In honor of the couple’s vision and generosity, this new facility will bear the name Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics.
The three-story building, which is currently under construction along the south and east sides of the Gentile Center on the Lake Shore Campus, is the first step in Loyola’s plan to transform the student experience.
We are extremely excited about the building and what it means for Loyola’s athletics program, said Norville. I view it as a start of the reimagine campaign’s goal of getting students more involved in this and other areas of student life. When you look ahead to the new stadium seating for the Gentile Center, the renovations to the Halas Sports Center, and the new student union, I think you’ll see the campus really come alive.
The state-of-the-art facility, slated for completion in spring 2011, will house an improved strength and conditioning center, a sports medicine facility, a student-athlete academic center, locker rooms, student-athlete meeting and activity spaces, and administrative offices for athletics personnel.
We are deeply indebted to Al and Alfie Norville for their generosity, said Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. We believe that to produce optimal results on the court and field, our training facilities must match the potential of our students. This gift is an important first step in ensuring that our student-athletes have every advantage to be successful when competing on the court, as well as in the classroom.
The five-phased, five-year reimagine campaign was launched in January 2010 on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. The $100 million investment in student life promises to vastly improve the student experience on campus in a number of ways. The next phase includes replacing the bleachers in the Gentile Center with stadium seating, creating a more comfortable and intimate experience for fans. That project is scheduled for completion in 2011.
Key Facts About the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics
- Located on the Loyola Lake Shore Campus
- Completion date: March 2011
- Total cost: $26 million
- First part of a multi-phased project to upgrade non-academic student life at Loyola
- The center will replace most of the current facilities now housed in historic Alumni Gym, which was built in 1924
- Architects: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
- Builders: Power Construction
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.