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Groundbreaking ceremony for the new UIS Recreation and Athletics Center

Groundbreaking Ceremony: University of Illinois at Springfield students, faculty, staff, local legislators, the mayor of Springfield, and other dignitaries gathered together on Thursday, July 27, 2006, to break ground for the university's new $16.2 million recreation and athletic center.


Construction
on the center should be complete by the summer of 2007. The center is funded primarily by fees paid by UIS students. In addition, UIS received a generous gift of $1 million from the Hoogland Family Foundation of Charles and Kathleen Hoogland.

Watch Us Grow!
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Live image of Rec Center construction in progress

View photos below of the architechtural renderings of the center.

UIS Recreation Center Rendering
The campus entry plaza.

UIS Recreation Center Rendering
The event entry plaza.


UIS Recreation Center Rendering
The campus entry interior lobby.

UIS Recreation Center Rendering
The event entry lobby.

 

View photos below from the press conference in July 2005 announcing the center.

UIS Press Conference about Rec Center
UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen (r) thanks Charles Hoogland (l) for the Hoogland Family Foundation's generous gift toward construction of the center.


UIS Press Conference about Rec Center
Charles Hoogland, founder of one of the nation's first video rental stores, explains his family's desire to support our students, as Chancellor Ringeisen and former UIS student leader Tyson Roan look on.

 

UIS Press Conference about Rec Center
Former UIS student leader Tyson Roan talks about the generosity of UIS students who voted for increased fees to suppport the recreation center, even though most of those voting will have graduated by the time the center is open.

 

UIS Press Conference about Rec Center
UIS Men's basketball coach Kevin Gamble visits with Chancellor Ringeisen, while Chris Miller, vice chancellor for student affairs speaks with Charles Hoogland.
UIS Press Conference about Rec Center
UIS Press Conference about Rec Center

Many UIS employees, members of the local media, and friends of UIS watched the press conference on July 13, 2005 announcing the new recreation and fitness center.