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.
Judd GymnasiaOriginally built in 1894 and expanded in 1910, the red-brick Victorian structure—the oldest building on campus—underwent extensive renovation to serve new purposes critical to the College’s mission and its students. Renovation of the 116-year-old Victorian structure encompassed 37,256 square feet on five levels and was completed September 2010. Prominent throughout the building are Springfield College’s current and longstanding national and international ties to the YMCA. Judd Gymnasia houses the College’s new Stitzer YMCA Center, which includes the College’s Office of YMCA Relations, 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 a YMCA multipurpose room. Other components of Judd Gymnasia include a new Springfield College museum, the College’s Archives and Special Collections, and a large multipurpose room for up to 450 people.
Richard B. Flynn Campus UnionThe 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 multi-purpose room with LCD projectors, bookstore, convenience store, post office, several 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 has been 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 CenterThe 47,840-square-foot Wellness Center, located closest to Alden Street in the Wellness and Recreation Complex, offers cardio and weight-training space, a climbing wall, four multi-purpose teaching/activity spaces, and a faculty office complex.
The Wellness & 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 HouseThe 93,820-square-foot Field House, located within the Wellness and Recreation Complex, incorporates a six-lane running track, four multi-purpose courts, each with the ability to be closed off by a netting system, locker rooms, strength and conditioning facilities, storage, concessions, and restrooms.
The Athletic Training/Exercise Science FacilityThis two-story 18,900-square-foot facility 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 athletic training room provides student-athletes access to athletic health care at the highest level. Learn about our athletic training and exercise science equipment.
Senior SuitesCompleted in fall 2004, the 60,400-square-foot Senior Suites, which is home to 225 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.
President's ResidenceConstructed and completed in the fall 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 CenterThe remodeled Fuller Arts Center, completed in March 2009, is home to the College’s performing arts programs. 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 CourtThe basketball court within Blake Arena has been formally named James Naismith Court, in honor of Springfield College instructor James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball while teaching at the College in 1891. The refinished court includes James Naismith’s name proudly displayed. The maple wood flooring allows for a variety of athletic contests, classes, lectures, and shows, and roll-out bleachers accommodate more than 2,000 spectators.
Stagg FieldStagg Field (formerly Benedum Field) was resurfaced with a synthetic state-of-the-art surface and enhanced by extensive landscaping. With a seating capacity for over 3,800 spectators, Stagg Field is dedicated to 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 CenterAn expansion and complete renovation of the Schoo-Bemis Science Center (formerly Schoo Hall) was completed in the spring of 2007. The building includes 36,000 square feet and 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. Eighteen classrooms, lounges, and event space complete the facility’s offerings.
Cheney HallThe 26,500-square-foot Cheney Dining Hall was expanded and renovated in 2004. Cheney Hall provides a state-of-the-art dining experience for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 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 included in the renovation were the creation of meeting rooms and food service offices.
Admissions CenterThe 5,800-square-foot undergraduate and graduate Admissions Center was expanded, renovated, and completed in spring 2003 to provide improved facilities to serve the College’s prospective students.
Hickory HallThis 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, one tiered classroom seating 80, and offers state-of-the-art instructional technology. It also houses the Academic Success Center.
Herbert P. Blake HallBlake Hall houses the School of Human Services; 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. 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 55,000-square-foot building was named in honor of Herbert P. Blake.
Brennan CenterThe 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.
Irv Schmid Sports ComplexTwo synthetic-turf fields—including the College’s resurfaced Brock-Affleck game field—lighting, bleachers, parking, ticket booth, concessions, restrooms, 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 HallWeiser 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.