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Project Status: Lilly Center Expansion and Renovation

Construction began in February 2013, with a target completion date in August of 2014.

Current Status

The continuation work of the Lilly Center continues, with construction managers from Wilhelm Construction Inc. on-site daily.

  • The Lilly Center will remain open throughout the course of construction, though portions of the building may need to close temporarily. 
  • The main first-floor entrance to the Lilly Center (from College Street) will close during the week of March 18th, and the main second-floor entrance to the Lilly Center (also from College Street ) will close during Spring Break.  All visitors to the Lilly Center should use the North Entrance (accessible from the walkway between the Lilly Center and the Julian Math and Science Center).

Project Timeline

summer 2014

During the summer months, Welch Fitness Center will be outfitted with new fitness equipment, in preparation for opening for use in August of 2014.  At this time, work will also be nearing completion on the renovated recreational locker rooms and the multipurpose rooms.

Completion summary


Initial efforts focused on earthwork and foundation preparation for the expansion of the Lilly Center east of its current footprint.  Upon the conclusion of the 2012-2013 swimming and diving season, work began on the roof of the natatorium, which was raised and replaced. Construction for the demolition of the current natatorium roof took place in March and April, with new steel support structures for the new roof in place by the middle of May.  


Once the support structure for the natatorium roof was complete, the final elements of the roof were finished in time to re-open the pool in August of 2013. Coinciding with final work on the natatorium roof was the erection of steel support structures for the fitness center expansion.  By late August of 2013, the exterior framing of the fitness center was complete.

FALL 2013

During the fall semester, work will begin on the exterior masonry and the installation of windows within the fitness center addition.  Internal mechanical, electric, and plumbing work will also begin. 

WINTER 2013-2014

Prior to the University's holiday break, the fitness center expansion will be fully enclosed and heated.  The internal installation of drywall and other finishings will begin, as will the renovation of four racquetball courts into the new Department of Kinesiology laboratory and office space.


The internal elements of the fitness center addition will be nearly complete by the end of the spring semester, with painting and interior accessory work well underway.  Work will continue on the renovation of the new Department of Kinesiology laboratory and office space, with the expectation that the new space will be ready for occupancy by May of 2014.  As work on the fitness center expansion nears completion, efforts will shift to the construction of new recreational locker rooms and to the renovation of the existing fitness center into new multipurpose rooms.