Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
Stonehill College has broken ground on a new construction project that will enhance and enlarge our existing Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, built in 1988. The project will expand fitness, recreation and athletic options for all of our students. A major undertaking, it is part of our mission to build character in our students and educate the whole person.
The construction will take place from May 2014 through August 2015 with an expected opening for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.
The addition to the building will be a two-story 50,000 square foot space that provides offices for Varsity Athletics, the Lou Gorman Pavilion, the Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. Athletics & Fitness Center, a varsity strength and conditioning area, and various equipment, training, and locker facilities.
The renovation of the building will be significant and will refresh the existing building. The current front entrance will be removed to create space for a dance studio. The renovation will also hold varsity coaches' offices, Recreational Sports offices, the Richard J. Grant Study Lounge, group exercise areas, a film viewing room, event space, and locker facilities.
The David Ames Clock Farm Solar Field
Stonehill College has nearly completed three solar installations, which include a 15 acre field and two storage building roofs at the David Ames Clock Farm. The two roof installations became operational in February 2014, and the field is scheduled to become operational this summer. Once operational, the field will be the 11th (tied) largest solar installation on a college campus nationwide and the largest on a New England college campus.
The 3 installations have a combined 9,625 panels with a production of 3.384 million kWh (kilowatt-hours) per year. This covers 20% of Stonehill’s annual electrical consumption, which is currently 16 million kWh. The field is expected to save the College over $185,000 per year or an estimated $3.2 million over the course of a 15-year contract with New Jersey-based Marina Energy.
Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA, the leading commercial solar energy project developer in the state, built the 15-acre solar field while the entire project was overseen by Power Management, Inc., an energy consulting firm which manages over 15,000 commercial and industrial utility meters throughout North America.
During the May 7th celebration, special thanks were given to not only our great project partners and neighbors, but especially to our students who saw the potential for solar energy on campus and argued persuasively for the College to explore that option back in the fall of 2010.
Rev. Thomas Feeley, C.S.C. Pedestrian Bridge
In the fall of 2013, the College celebrated the completion of our new pedestrian bridge, which is named in honor of the long-time professor and student mentor. The bridge crosses Ames Pond at its narrowest point, connecting the area around O’Hara Hall and the south quad with the four residence halls on the east side of campus.
This beautiful structure was designed and built by York Bridge Concepts of Florida, the nation’s largest on-site and highly recognized timber bridge builder. Made of southern yellow pine, the bridge spans 110 feet, 10 feet wide, and rises about 9 feet above the water. This project aligns with our Campus Master Plan in creating a more accessible and pedestrian friendly campus, and we feel that it also adds great beauty to our campus.