Friends University celebrates Garvey P.E. Center renovation project completion

The Garvey Physical Education Center underwent a $2.3-million-dollar renovation as part of the first phase of the Friends University RISE Up Capital Campaign. The campaign which kicked off in May included renovations and updates to the building. Leaders from Friends University along with several distinguished guests will host a live ribbon-cutting event on Friday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the project. This event will be broadcast online on Friends University’s Facebook and Instagram pages.  

“The transformation of Garvey P.E. Center has been astonishing to watch over the last few months as McCownGordon and Shelden Architecture brought our vision to life,” said Dr. Rob Ramseyer, associate vice president of athletics. “We are beyond excited to have updated spaces for our athletes to train and prepare for competition as well as have all of our coaches under the same roof. Our teams have hit the ground running by taking advantage of the improved spaces to meet and train in a new top-notch facility.”    

The Garvey Physical Education Center was originally in partnership with the Westside YMCA serving both the university’s athletic facilities needs and the YMCA in the 1980s. Since the University acquired the building, minor improvements had been made to the space. This phase of the RISE Up Capital Campaign focused on four main areas of the Garvey P.E. Center: a larger training room, an expanded weight room, administrative spaces/team meeting room and a refreshed main lobby.  

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Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.