Providence, RI – Dimeo Construction Company is nearly finished with the Providence College Ruane Friar Development Center, in Providence designed by Perkins Eastman Architects..
A new gift from former Providence College Board of Trustees Chair Michael A. Ruane (’71 and ’13 Hon.) and his wife, Elizabeth Ruane, enabled the construction of the center.
The new basketball training facility, designed by Perkins & Eastman, will significantly enhance Friar athletics on a national level, student services, and college community life. College officials did extensive research into what will go into the practice facility, traveling to numerous locations throughout the country to discover what they felt is needed to inspire their athletes to perform at their best.
The center includes new items such as float tanks, cryo pods, a state-of-the-art practice court flooring system, and three-story Hall of Fame display wall, which was designed in collaboration with the high-profile branding company, Advent Results.
Phase 1 of the project will concentrate on the men’s basketball, athletic training center, athlete support services, offices, a new Friar Athletics Hall of Fame, and a dining room. It will promote academic success, team-building, skills development, conditioning, and wellness.
“We’ve been excited to get into the space since the ideas were put on paper several years ago. The players and coaches have such a positive energy and are looking forward to start practicing in the best facility currently in country,” said Head Coach Ed Cooley.