Dow Center Expansion Project: Update 2

An illustration of what the Dow Recreation Center expansion is projected to look like when construction is complete (Photo courtesy of
Construction will begin on the Dow’s main entrance soon, thus rerouting the way students enter the facility. The entrance will feature a multitude of steel bars, including one that was signed by students and alumni at homecoming (Photo by Patrick Smoker).

As temperatures cool, construction on the Dow Center expansion is starting to make visible changes. The project is still on schedule to be completed in May 2020. 

The most recent construction took place on the old cardio room exterior wall and the main hallway. This allowed workers to access the current water main and run a new electrical conduit for the area. 

Additionally, within the last few weeks, the exterior wall foundation was dug and filled with steel rebar and concrete, making it easier to picture just how groundbreaking this expansion will really be. 

“Hopefully, by Monday we should see a lot of the steel supports for the walls start going up,” said Athletic Director Matt Arend. 

The most recent developments in the expansion project have taken place in the old cardio room and the main hallway (Photo by Patrick Smoker).

During homecoming, alumni and students had the opportunity to sign one of the steel beams that will be used in  construction. This beam will be visible at the entrance of the new expansion, making it one of the first noticeable changes when people enter the new front doors. 

With a similar feel to the athletic facilities of Calvin University and Adrian College, the expansion of the Dow will also keep Albion College very competitive in the MIAA. Both Adrian and Calvin made similar additions to their athletic facilities in 2009 and 2014, respectively. 

If you want to stay up to date and see live changes to the renovation, stop by the webcam

Updates on the expansion of the Dow are published by The Albion Pleiad on a monthly basis.

As workers begin construction in what was previously the cardio room, equipment of the old cardio room has been relocated to a room by the indoor track (Photo by Patrick Smoker).
About Ian Moran 8 Articles
Ian Moran, Sports Editor, Co-Marketing Coordinator. Senior from Adrian, MI studying Communication and Kinesiology and a member of the Albion Swim & Dive team.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.