The Kiski School’s New Athletic Center Is the Capstone of Campus Renewal - Official Groundbreaking Ceremony will be Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 1:30 pm

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Kiski's new indoor Athletic Center will include 6,700 square feet of new construction with a new multi-purpose indoor training area for soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and baseball, as well as new weight and cardio training rooms and the total renovation of the existing basketball, wrestling, and swimming areas. The new Athletic Center will also house athletic department offices and meeting rooms and will feature major upgrades to locker and equipment rooms, storage areas, as well as a satellite bookstore and a concession stand.

Chairman of Kiski's Board of Trustees Russell Swank said, "The remaking of our indoor Athletic Center is truly our capstone renovation project. It will be the crowning achievement of the campus master plan."

The Kiski School, the all-male college preparatory high school, will hold a formal groundbreaking for its new indoor Athletic Center during the School’s annual Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Kiski’s new indoor Athletic Center will be the final major capital renovation project in what has become a ten-year campus renovation plan and capital raising program. The indoor athletic facility will include 6,700 square feet of new construction with a new multi-purpose indoor training area for soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and baseball, as well as new weight and cardio training rooms and the total renovation of the existing basketball, wrestling, and swimming areas. The new Athletic Center will also house athletic department offices and meeting rooms and will feature major upgrades to locker and equipment rooms, storage areas, as well as a satellite bookstore and a concession stand.

Chairman of Kiski’s Board of Trustees Russ Swank stated, “The remaking of our indoor athletic center is truly our capstone renovation project. It will be the crowning achievement of the campus master plan. This new building will allow Kiski to complete what has been a decade of campus-wide renewal and an exciting time of revival for the School.”

Headmaster Chris Brueningsen said, “The new Athletic Center will reflect our dedication to the high standards at Kiski. We believe the concepts of team work, sportsmanship, perseverance, and hard work toward a common goal, as learned through athletic competition, are invaluable lessons Kiski graduates carry with them for the rest of their lives. The Athletic Center is needed to further strengthen the educational experience at the School as all Kiski boys are required to participate in a sport during each season of the year. The expanded and renovated year-round indoor Athletic Center will enhance the opportunities for all of our students to become even more involved at the School and with our strong athletic programs.”

Within the last decade, Kiski has completed two successful capital campaigns totaling approximately $25 million. The initial phase of the School’s campus improvement plan featured the renovation and expansion of two major dormitories – McClintock and Daub Halls, the renovation of the main classroom building, Heath S. Clark Hall, and upgrades made to the Rogers Fine Arts Center. These improvements were followed by the construction of the $3.5 million Swank Student Center.

Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement Steve Szilagyi said, “Our capital fund raising has gone well and over $12 million was raised during phase one of the current capital campaign. Now our second phase of fundraising focused on the Athletic Center is off to a strong start. We remain thankful to our generous trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the School because their strategic investments in these projects have positioned our students and faculty to directly benefit from this exciting time of rejuvenation and growth at Kiski.”

Last year, due to successful fundraising efforts, Kiski completed additional campus improvements including the expansion and renovation of MacColl Hall into a modern and energy-efficient dormitory incorporating a “living laboratory” for the study of energy consumption. Kiski renovated the outdoor swimming pool, basketball court, and tennis courts as well as constructed the new Beano Cook Outdoor Athletic Center, The Donald H. Jones Stadium, and the Orr Track and Field. Kiski has continued to raise new funding to support the arts, the technology program, the sciences, the leadership studies program, the financial aid program, and the endowment.

The new indoor Kiski Athletic Center is expected to be complete by August 2015. The Kiski School, a premier boarding and day school, located 30-miles east of Pittsburgh, celebrates 127 years of preparing young men from grades 9-12 and post graduates to succeed in college and in life. Kiski is known for expertise in educating boys. For more information about Kiski and its academics and athletics, visit http://www.kiski.org.
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