PC to Begin Construction of Ruane Friar Center

Providence, RI – A new gift from former Providence College Board of Trustees Chair Michael A. Ruane and his wife, Elizabeth Ruane, will enable Providence College to begin construction of the 55,000sf Ruane Friar Development Center, a new multipurpose facility that will significantly enhance Friar athletics on a national level, student services, and college community life.

Ruane Friar Develpment Center, southwest perspective

The project architect is Perkins Eastman.

Phase 1 of the project will concentrate on the men’s and women’s basketball as well as volleyball facilities, athletic training center, offices, a new Friar Athletics Hall of Fame, and a dining room. Student-athletes from other sports also will benefit from access to the facility; it will promote academic success, team-building, skills development, conditioning, and wellness.

Basketball court

In addition, Phase 1 includes the construction of an atrium spanning Alumni Hall and Slavin Center, along with other infrastructure improvements. It will set the stage for Phase 2 to feature a new Center for Career Education and Professional Development and an expanded, renovated ’64 Hall (the College’s largest function facility, located in Slavin Center).