Summer Upgrades Enhance Athletic Facilities
Franklin & Marshall upgraded several of its athletic facilities over the summer, rehabbing many seasons of wear and tear and providing the College’s student-athletes with several new home-field advantages.
F&M’s William J. Iannicelli ’48 Track, Brooks Tennis Center, Mayser Center equipment room and a multi-purpose athletic field at Race and Harrisburg avenues were enhanced as part of an ongoing effort by the College’s Facilities Committee to maintain the highest standards of safety in buildings and facilities across campus.
Director of Athletics & Recreation Patricia Epps said the upgrades represent the College’s continuing commitment to scholar-athletes. “This is an illustration of the College’s dedication to student-athletes and coaches, the health and wellbeing of the F&M community, and the College’s continuing outreach to our Lancaster neighbors,” she said.
The College Facilities Committee oversees a detailed 10-year plan identifying potential projects across campus. Each year the committee, led by Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer David Proulx, recommends projects from the list to President Daniel R. Porterfield for implementation. Plans to enhance the four athletic facilities were first presented to the president in December 2012.
“These upgrades were really done for safety purposes,” Proulx said. “In particular, we were concerned that the track was decaying and the practice field could cause future injuries due to the lack of irrigation and poor drainage.”
Well-used by the F&M and Lancaster communities for decades, the 52,000-square-foot William J. Iannicelli ’48 Track was a natural candidate for repair. Safety hazards such as track marks were eliminated during a resurfacing and painting project that restored the track to its original condition and brightened its appearance.
The College replaced the increasingly rocky surface at its multi-purpose practice field on Race Avenue with fresh natural turf and new drainage and irrigation systems—a process challenged only by persistent rain early in the summer. The Brooks Tennis Center underwent resurfacing of its eight courts and common areas, while the athletic department installed a compact-shelving storage unit in the basement of Mayser to store a variety of athletic equipment.
The four projects are a small piece of a larger puzzle Proulx hopes that the College will be able to solve over the next 10 years. He said that a resurfacing of the field house in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center and renovations to the locker rooms and bleachers in Mayser are potential projects for the near future. The College Facilities Committee is also looking into remodeling and modernizing the residential buildings on campus as one of the highest facilities priorities of the College, Proulx said.
Proulx also said the recent upgrades come as the College looks forward to the eventual construction of a new athletics campus on the north side of Harrisburg Avenue, led by the project for Shadek Stadium, a multipurpose facility for athletic and leadership programs.
Above: Members of F&M’s women's cross country team run on the newly resurfaced William J. Iannicelli ’48 Track. Below: The football team runs a play on the fresh turf of the multi-purpose athletic field along Race Avenue.
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