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Niagara University breaks ground on $11.5M expansion

A rendering of the completed Kiernan Athletic Center upgrade
Niagara University
This rendering shows the Kiernan Athletic Center once upgrades are completed.

Niagara University broke ground Tuesday on an $11.5 million renovation project at its Kiernan Recreation Center.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this month, with completion projected in time for the fall 2022 semester.

The 18,000 square-foot, two-story addition to the 32-year-old facility will include a new weight room, sports medicine suite, advanced dance studios, field and classroom storage, athletic locker rooms, team meeting space and recreation offices.

"Students will also benefit from the creation of student meeting and multiuse spaces, and a new, more welcoming entryway," the college said in a statement. "A number of improvements will also be completed during the renovation, including replacement to the front gym floor, upgrades to Scaffidi gym and infrastructure enhancements, such as a new natatorium filtration system."

Funding comes from a $1 million grant from the state Higher Education Capital Matching Program, as well as private and university investments.