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Construction at College of Idaho to start this summer

The College of Idaho athletic complex is the first construction project to occur on the Caldwell campus in a decade. Rendering courtesy of Hummel Architects

Construction of the College of Idaho’s new athletic center will kick off in August.

College of Idaho Director of Facilities Kyle Abrahamson said the Athletics and Outdoor Education Center is scheduled to be completed in July 2014.

Phase one of the project will include a 22,300-square-foot athletic complex with a cardio balcony, weight room, seminar classrooms, training room, therapy pools, equipment storage, locker rooms and laundry facilities. Additional office space for coaches will also be included.

Natural daylight in the weight room, skylights and lots of glass will be featured in the building’s interior. Plans for the building’s exterior call for brick, stucco and concrete. The center will be constructed against a hill, which will make the two-story building look like a one-story structure from street view, Abrahamson said.

The cost for phase one is $3.4 million, which was raised through enrollment, endowments and donations.

Phase two will consist of an outdoor education center. Construction won’t begin until financing becomes available.

The College of Idaho trustees voted last May to reinstate the school’s football program, which was disbanded in 1977. The college will play its first football game in fall 2014.

The new complex will serve the football team, and also women’s and men’s soccer teams, lacrosse, baseball, softball and cross-country.

“We currently have the Joe Albertson center, which houses all sports, but it is small without the space to accommodate the football program,” Abrahamson said.

Andersen Construction is the general contractor, and Hummel Architects is the architect.

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