Brown University recently dedicated its new aquatics and fitness center complex located on the corner of Hope Street and Lloyd Avenue on the East Side of Providence. The $46-million project includes the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, the Nelson Fitness Center, the David J. Zucconi ’55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center, Fredric B. Garonzik ’64 Fitness Area and the Ittleson Quadrangle. The dedication ceremony included remarks by President Ruth Simmons, Chancellor Thomas J. Tisch, Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger, and lead architect Robert A.M. Stern. In a press release by Brown University, President Simmons declared, “This exceptional complex would not have been possible without the support of donors who care deeply about this University and the facilities we offer our students. I especially applaud the vision that went into the design of this complex. It is not only strikingly beautiful and well-suited to the surrounding neighborhood, it is energy efficient, using solar technology to heat the million gallons of pool water.”
Ground was broken for the project in May of 2010 and the center opened by general use in April of 2012. Over five hundred construction jobs were created to complete the project. The project was made possible by the generous donations from Johnathan M. Nelson, H. Anthony Ittleson, the late Fredric B. Garonzik, Daniel S. O'Connell, and the estate of the late Raymond L. Moran.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the interior and exterior signs as well as the donor recognition system for the new complex. Additional press coverage can be found in the Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, Brown University, and the Brown Alumni Magazine.