The spring of 2023 will see the opening of the new campus stadium and Farr Science Hall.
Ripon, Wisconsin (Thursday, December 1, 2022) – Ripon College announced plans to implement a $35 million strategic infrastructure plan, including the renovation and expansion of Farr Science Hall, a new campus stadium, and renovation of undergraduate residence halls. The first phase will prioritize a $24.5 million investment in the science center and an $8.5 million investment in the campus stadium, which is slated to open in the spring of 2023. Plans have begun to renovate the residence halls and the college hopes to finalize them. plans for next year.
Ripon College Science Centre
Scheduled to open in fall 2024, the science center’s 68,500-square-foot renovation and expansion will feature more than 19,000 square feet of new facilities, new labs, classrooms, collaboration and gathering space throughout. Aesthetic and functional improvements to the existing building include instrument upgrades, lab floors and benches, mechanical upgrades, LED lighting, and active learning/technology classroom improvements.
“Farr Hall was built in 1961 and partially renovated in 1997, making renovations and expansions overdue, especially when our competitors are aware of the advances in STEM infrastructure,” said John Sisco, vice president and dean of Ripon College. of the faculty. “However, regardless of the state of the building, Ripon continues to support science as a center of academic excellence on campus. This renovation reaffirms our commitment to protecting Ripon’s reputation for science while better serving the STEM learning needs of current and future students.”
Red Hawks Stadium
In addition to the science center, a new 157,000-square-foot stadium was announced on Ripon’s campus. The stadium will be located on the underutilized lower Sadoff Field between the state-of-the-art Willmore Athletics Center and the student residence halls. In the past, Ripon College used Ingalls Field, a stadium half a mile from campus, to host outdoor sports competitions with local high schools.
The new mixed-use arena will house Ripon College’s soccer, men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well as serve the student body and Ripon community as a whole through intramural offerings, concerts and other student life programs.
The new building will feature a 2,000-seat grandstand, a press box, an official entrance at the corner of Thorne and Union Streets, viewing opportunities on Sadoff Hill, lighting for evening programming and a branded game day experience. The new stadium is planned to be put into operation in the fall of 2023.
“Ripon College is the only school in the Midwest Conference that does not have its own campus,” said athletic director and head men’s basketball coach Ryan Cain. “There is no doubt that this project will be a rallying point for not only our student-athletes, but also our students, faculty, staff and community.”
Ripon College faculty, administration and staff worked with The Boldt Company and the architectural firm Kahler Slater on a multidisciplinary design and construction process. Boldt was selected following a competitive proposal, and Kahler Slater continues its partnership with Ripon College following the successful opening of the Willmore Center in 2017 and the French Center for Academic Achievement in 2019.
Victoria N., 14, of Ripon College. “A major reason we were able to successfully implement both of these projects is the generosity of the alumni and friends of Ripon College,” Folse said.th President. “We know how important and practical investments in infrastructure are to continued enrollment, enrollment and enrollment. We are committed to continuing to enhance Ripon College’s academic offerings and unique student experience.”
For more information on Ripon College’s strategic infrastructure plan, visit ripon.edu/infrastructure/.