Reopening a Renovated Field House on Wednesday

We are pleased to announce that the Field House and the Fitness Center in the Keohane Sports Center will open on Wednesday, January 28 at 7 a.m., weather dependent.

Please also note that you will need your OneCard to gain access to the Fitness Center.  Beginning Monday, all women will now need their OneCard to access the locker room spaces; this is already the case for men. If you do not have a OneCard (or yours is not activated) please stop by Campus Police (Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to take care of this before you come to the Sports Center.

Thank you for your continued patience these last few days as we put the finishing touches on these new spaces.  Get ready to be wowed!


Friday, February 13: Noon-3 p.m.
Open House/Workout and Field House/Fitness Center ribbon cutting– Let’s focus on a day of Fitness and Fun with Sneakers and Warmups encouraged!

Saturday, February 14: 1-3:30 p.m.
Pre-Game Reception at 1 p.m. followed by Halftime Court Donor Dedication (approx. 2:40 p.m.) during the Wellesley v. Mount Holyoke Basketball Game.

KSC Equipment Being Relocated

Please note that the general Weight Room on the lower level of the Keohane Sports Center and the temporary cardio space across from the Weight Room will be closed from Wednesday, January 14 through Sunday, January 25. We need to close these spaces so that we may relocate equipment to the Field House, the renovation of which is nearing its final stages.

During this time, the spin bikes (currently housed on the Squash Court) will be available; please check with the Front Desk for availability and location. The pool will be unaffected during this time.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

KSC Elevator Temporarily Closed, Beginning Monday

As part of the Field House renovation project, the elevator in the Keohane Sports Center will be closed for upgrade related work, beginning Monday, November 24 through the end of December 2014.

Please note that occupants will need to use the stairs in order to access the pool or upper levels of the Recreation Building. Student-led Fitness and Employee Wellness classes have been modified to address this impact. Please check the PERA website for any schedule changes.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause during this necessary project-related task.

Boathouse Renovations

As you may have already heard and thanks to the generosity of Alice Butler ’53 and her husband, John, the boathouse on Lake Waban is undergoing a comprehensive renovation to update and upgrade a facility used by Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics.

The building, which dates to 1963, will be completely renovated with improved accessibility, creating a new main entry, prep room, improved shop space, canoe/kayak room, and storage. The project will also improve the entry points into the boathouse from campus and Lake Waban.

Alice Butler, who was an avid member of her dorm crew, and her husband are both lifelong fitness enthusiasts. Their gift fully enables much-needed work to renovate this structure, and it supports other PERA initiatives as well.

Work recently began on this project and is expected to conclude in mid-May.

For those who walk the paths along Lake Waban near the boathouse, please note that alternate routes will be in effect for the duration of the project.

A Peek Inside the Field House

Curious about what the inside of the Field House looks like these days? You can catch a glimpse of the renovations—and see right through the building—as work to replace the building envelope continues. Approximately 25 percent of the wall panels have been replaced. The same kind of removal and replacement work is also happening on the roof, which is currently 90 percent complete.

The Field House is a busy place. The fitness center is starting to take shape and the previously blue interior trusses have been painted white to match the underside of the new roof, making the space appear larger and brighter, and enhancing the character of the space.

Also, new steel has been installed which will support new curtains that will separate various PERA-related activities (such as a batting cage, basketball court, tennis courts, and track).

On the north side of the building—along Route 135—you can see cutouts above the exterior doors and in the fitness center where new windows will be installed, which will bring some natural light into the Field House and will allow building occupants a visual connection to the outside.

Next up? Crews will soon be prepping the floor for the installation of the new permanent wood floor and sports flooring.

Here are some recent images that capture the ongoing work, which is on track for completion in late January:

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A view from the new mezzanine level.

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The old roof panels are being replaced with new panels. The roof is about 75 percent complete.

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Currently, as the Field House exterior walls come down and are replaced, passersby can sneak a peek inside.

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Painting the trusses white has already brightened the interior space.


The New Schneider Center

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Photo by Peter Vanderwarker

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the newly renovated Schneider Center, please do! Schneider opened in June, following a yearlong renovation that transformed the building, restored many of its original architectural details, and brought together many of our student-centered administrative offices. This summer, several offices moved from Green Hall to Schneider: Student Financial Services, Registrar, Class Deans, International Study, and Students’ Aid Society.

Additionally, the Office of Faculty Housing and Transportation moved from the Physical Plant to Schneider this summer. (Student Housing, which is now part of the Office of Residential Life, is located in 106 Billings Hall.)

This renovation, and the subsequent office moves, brings even more vibrancy to a central part of campus—located next to Billings, and near the Chapel, Clapp Library, and small houses. The new Schneider Center also represents a shift in the way the College organizes administrative offices to better serve Wellesley students and the College community.

We look forward to celebrating the re-opening of Schneider with a community gathering this fall.

Founders/Green: Move-In Ready

Just as there is excitement across campus today as first year students move in to their residence halls, there is also much excitement in Founders and Green halls today as faculty move in to newly renovated offices there.

After a rigorous eight weeks, the renovations in Founders/Green this summer are nearly complete. You may continue to see some minor construction activity into September, as the finishing touches are made.

The work this summer brought together academic departments in one location, updated faculty offices, modernized classrooms, and improved the accessibility of these buildings—including installing a new ramp on the second floor above the iconic archway and widening the corridors. A new all-gender bathroom was added to the 2nd floor and the bathroom on the 4th floor was replaced with a new handicapped-accessible facility.

The next phase of work scope in Founders/Green—work that will be finalized in the coming months—will begin next summer.

Here is a glimpse of some of the renovated spaces…

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A renovated office in the Spanish Department.

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Standing in the common area of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, clerestory windows were placed strategically to allow natural light from the outside to filter into the interior space.

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Widened corridors will provide improved circulation within the building and direct access to faculty offices.

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Renovated classrooms will include display screens, black boards, and contemporary mobile tablet armchairs that enable flexible room arrangements.

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The new accessibility ramp on the second floor of the building.

Paths outside Pendleton West this week

As part of the Pendleton Hall West Renovation and Addition Project the following will occur between August 12 and August 15, 2014.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, a lift will be located on the Academic Quad in order to assist in a roof inspection of Pendleton Hall West. Portions of the path in front of PNW may be blocked for short periods of time during the day while the machine is moved. People are requested to heed the instructions of safety personnel.

On Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15, excavation will occur at the northwest corner of Pendleton Hall West, outside of PNW 208 Foundry Studio. This will require the closure of the walkway that connects the Davis Museum Parking Lot for the duration of the work as indicated on the attached sketch. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more info, contact Gerard Buggy,, 781.283.2795.