The following campus projects were recently completed.
Anderson street entrance
completed december 2012
The Campus Master Plan, endorsed by the Board of Trustees in October of 2010, called for a new official entrance to campus. Shortly after the plan's endorsement, the University partnered with the City of Greencastle on its Stellar Communities Initiative and the University-financed Anderson Street Project was included in the grant application. By including the project in the application, the University's investments provided matching dollars that will make it possible for additional streetscape improvements to be made in the City's central business district.
Prior to the beginning of Anderson Street Construction in May of 2012, the street ran one-way, from west to east. Upon the project's completion, Anderson Street now serves two-way traffic and features brick sidewalks, new limestone retaining walls, and new light posts. The Hoover Gates, named to honor R. David and Suzanne Hoover (both '67), sit at the corner of Anderson Street and Bloomington Street (Highway 231). Photographs of the completed project, along with photographs documenting various stages of construction, are available in the University's photo database.
Eli's Books - University bookstore
completed september 2012
The Eli's Books and Starbucks Cafe project was also part of the Stellar Communities Initiative. Initially proposed as a means of creating a high-traffic commercial and retail anchor on the square, the University offered to move its bookstore from the Memorial Student Union Building to the corner of Indiana Street and Washington Street on Greencastle's courthouse square. In addition to providing new commercial spaces, the property includes an open-to-the-public community meeting room and four loft-style apartments.
The new bookstore is named in honor of Colonel Eli Lilly, who attended the Academy at Indiana Asbury (which would become DePauw University) and opened his first pharmacy in downtown Greencastle. The Follett Higher Education Group operates both Eli's Books and Starbucks. Photographs of the Eli's Books grand opening celebration are available in the University's photo database (here and here).
Emison Building - Office of Admission
completed summer 2012
The Emison Building is now home to the University's Office of Admission and Financial Aid. The renovated building provides a first floor reception area for prospective student visitors, with campus tours departing onto East College lawn from the building's north steps. While the reception area on the first floor re-opened in the fall of 2011, the second floor of the building was completed in summer 2012. It now provides office space for the admission and financial aid staff. Photographs of the reception area of the Emison Building are available in the University's photo database.
Emison University Residences
Completed January 2014
Welcoming students, faculty, staff and visitors as they enter the campus on Anderson Street are three residences that have be transformed. This restoration process was made possible by a $1 million gift from Jane L. Emison. The project, deemed Emison University Residences, features a full restoration of the property at 429 Anderson Street and modest restorations including exterior renovations and interior furnishings at 427 and 431 Anderson Street.
The original construction of 429 Anderson Street commenced in 1887 by John Ireland, part of the local planning mill. To assist in the preservation of the residence, the University refinished the wood flooring and wood work throughout. Other components consist of modern appliances, a kitchen with catering capabilities, two additional suites on the second floor and a new slate roof. 429 Anderson Street is being utilized by the University as housing for special guests and a place for small gatherings and events. The two additional residences are used for student and faculty residences.
Completed January 2014
The Ubben Quadrangle landscape renovation project, began as an idea in June of 2013. Tim and Sharon Ubben (both ‘58) provided a generous gift to the University in order to restore the residential community once called the North Quad. The area between Mason Hall and Lucy Rowland Hall was renovated with new utility infrastructure, sidewalks, trees, plant materials, lighting and lawn area. The porches on both Mason and Lucy were restored with new limestone and clay brick pavers and the Reese Hall facade was illuminated to enhance the quad at night. The addition of many annual flowers, lots of flowering trees and shrubs and a Christmas tree for the holiday season provides a stronger and more inviting residential quality for the residents of Ubben Quadrangle.
Completed fall 2014
Phase one of the Athletics and Recreation Facilities Master Plan consisted of multiple enhancements entailing both rejuvenation and new additions. At Blackstock Stadium, synthetic turf was installed to provide a more suitable consistent playable surface on the Nick Mourouzis Field. The installation of a synthetic surface at Blackstock Stadium necessitated the construction of new track and field facilities. A new facility for these events (javelin, hammer, discus and shot put) was constructed just west of the railroad tracks on the western edge of the athletic campus. Additionally, due to the width of the synthetic surface at Blackstock Stadium, runs and jumps are located on space made available by the demolition of the visitor’s stands. (During the football season, temporary bleachers will be erected.)
A new multisport stadium, supported through a gift from Marshall '84 and Amy Reavis, located immediately south of Blackstock Stadium provides a championship-quality competition venue equipped with synthetic turf. The competition field provides a permanent home for men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Reavis Stadium also provides a competition venue for field hockey. Additionally, Reavis Stadium provides a lighted venue for intramural sports as well as locker rooms for varsity athletic teams.
Further enhancements included the construction of a new parking lot to the east of Reavis Stadium and modest renovations to the streetscape of Hanna Street. The renovations to Hanna Street now allows teams and visitors the ability to enter the athletic campus with ease, encompassing the plaza between Blackstock Stadium and Reavis Stadium.
Lilly Center Expansion and Renovation
Completed fall 2014
A new 16,000 square-foot, two-story fitness center provides the primary training facility for each of DePauw's varsity teams and for the campus community. The new facility, the Welch Fitness Center, more than triples the size of the previous fitness center. With the increased footprint, the facility provides a venue fully capable of accommodating DePauw’s integrated training model—the University’s preferred approach—in which student-athletes train alongside non-athlete students.
Three multipurpose rooms—primarily to support fitness classes, spin classes, and dance—were constructed in space vacated by the existing fitness center. These new spaces triple the space previously available for these activities, and helps the University meet a growing student, faculty and staff demand for organized fitness classes.
To accommodate future enhancements to the Lilly Center, the roof of the pool was raised and replaced. Where the current roof sloped towards the east, the new, two-story, roof makes it possible for the existing natatorium to be converted to a practice gymnasium upon the future construction of a new 50-meter pool in Phase Three.
The renovation of space previously occupied by underutilized racquetball courts more than doubled the office and laboratory space currently available for the Department of Kinesiology, a department that had struggled to accommodate a significant increase in the number of majors, particularly given the discipline’s heavy research focus.New recreational locker rooms were constructed within existing space vacated by the Kinesiology Department.
The expansion of the Lilly Center enabled expansion of spaces used for administrative activities, such as team meetings. Office spaces were also renovated.