Southern Oregon University says its new sports and recreation center should be completed near the end of February.
Andersen Construction of Portland began work on the Lithia Motors Pavilion and the adjacent Student Recreation Center in August 2016, and has remained slightly under-budget and largely on-schedule, according to a release from the school. The 100,000-square-foot combined buildings will open about a month later than originally planned, slowed by a lack of availability of subcontractors.
The buildings will serve as the home for several SOU athletic teams and as an exercise facility for students. They replace 60-year-old McNeal Pavilion, which was demolished after an engineering study found it was too obsolete to be salvaged.
The Lithia Motors Pavilion will feature a gymnasium that can seat more than 1,400 fans for men’s and women’s basketball games and wrestling matches and women’s volleyball games. The pavilion will also have locker rooms, classrooms, offices and a conference room for academics, offices and a conference room for SOU athletic staff, an athletic training and sports medicine room, a wrestling practice room, an equipment room, a ticket booth and storage areas.
The pavilion received $22 million in bond funding from the state and pledges for about $2 million more from several donors — including $1 million from the DeBoer family and its company, Lithia Motors. The DeBoers and Lithia pledged another $1 million to fund athletic scholarships.
The Student Recreation Center will feature a two-court recreational gym, suspended indoor running track, fitness center, climbing wall, multipurpose rooms, an outdoor programs area, staff offices, locker rooms and storage areas. The $17.7 million recreation center is funded by student fees.