University Liggett School has expanded its Grosse Pointe footprint by more than 30,200 square feet with the addition of the new John and Marlene Boll Campus Center.
The largest single contribution in school history has helped University Liggett School expand its campus with a new gymnasium and additional event space. The Boll Campus Center opened today in large part to a $4.25 million gift from the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation. Many other donors also contributed to help bring the campus center vision to life.
The center, visible from Cook Road, is expected to be a hub of activity at University Liggett School, with community gathering space for students and alumni events. The building features a 14,500 square foot gymnasium complete with a collegiate floor, a fitness center and weight room, student locker rooms, storage space and eight basketball hoops. The building’s signature feature – the glass curtain wall – features more than 3,400 square feet of glass facing Cook Road.
Other features include:
Card access control and Camera Surveillance
All new IT infrastructure, which will support the entire campus, including a back-up generator, which can power the entire campus in the event of a power outage
Fiber lines that will connect to the main campus and McCann Ice Arena
Cameras to record and broadcast University Liggett School sporting events
“The Boll Campus Center is our next great step forward. Thanks to the generous contribution from the Boll family, our new campus center provides our school with more top-rate athletic and event space,” said Head of School Bart Bronk. “Never before have we had a space like this, and we look forward to inspiring generations of future students right here.”
Additional support for the center was raised through the Sure Foundations capital campaign, which supports University of Liggett School’s campus and operations while also building the endowment fund.
University Liggett School celebrated the opening of the center with a weekend of events featuring current students and family along with alumni and faculty. The celebration included children’s activities at the center’s track and special events for donors, alumni, students and families.
The Boll Campus Center includes a state-of-the-art gymnasium, workout room, flexible rooms and classroom space. The building was designed by Birmingham-based architecture firm Landry Cekauskas.
The steel structure and masonry walls of the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center are complete.
The concrete slab floor was poured in the gymnasium and focused efforts are being made to completely fit-out this central space, including wiring, lighting, and HVAC infrastructure so that the collegiate style gym floor can be installed and have appropriate time to cure to environmental conditions.
Rooftop HVAC units have been installed and finished brick is beginning to be applied to the exterior walls.
The installation of glass along the curtain wall and roofline of the gymnasium, which began the week of June 4 is nearing completion.
June 5, 2018 - Photo Gallery
May 22, 2018 - Photo Gallery
April 25, 2018 - Photo Gallery
APRIL 11, 2018
The building’s steel structure and roof has been completed and concrete masonry exterior and interior walls are growing taller every day. Initial connections and conduits for plumbing and utilities are being created. Once the masonry work is completed, glazing work will begin on the building’s glass curtain walls on the gymnasium, lobby, and fitness center. Full building enclosure is scheduled for mid-May.
Feb. 26, 2018
Progress continues on the Boll Campus Center. The locker rooms are starting to take shape on the back of the building.
Feb. 13, 2018
Construction is progressing as the walls continue to go up and the front entrance is really taking shape.
Jan. 16, 2018
The walls are going up on the Boll Campus Center!
Jan. 5, 2018
Despite snow-covered grounds, the Boll Campus Center construction continues. In this photo you can see the roof take shape.
Jan. 3, 2018
Jan. 3, 2018 - The building is really beginning to take shape, and the construction crew is working on it even in these frigid temperatures. You can see the outline of the entire building.
Dec. 20, 2017
Dec. 20, 2017 - The trusses are beginning to be placed atop of the steel beams. The building is beginning to truly take shape.
Dec. 19, 2017
Dec. 19, 2017 - A crane appeared this week to hoist the steel beams to continue construction of the Boll Campus Center.
Dec. 8, 2017
Dec. 8, 2017 - 90 percent of the foundation has been poured for the Boll Campus Center. Next step is steel. You can now see the outline of the gym and the front of the building.
Nov. 28, 2017
Nov. 28, 2017 - The foundation is being poured for the Boll Campus Center. In the photo, you can see the outline of the locker rooms and the storage rooms.
Nov. 7, 2017 - Progress is being made on the Boll Campus Center. The ground has been prepared and the foundation is being prepared for the building.
Oct. 17-19 - The construction trailer has arrived and construction crews are getting the ground ready.
Oct. 16 - The Grosse Pointe Woods City Council unanimously approved a site permit for the construction of the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center building, paving the way for the project to begin.
Sept. 26 - The city of Grosse Pointe Woods' building planning committee will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. about the building.
Sept. 25 - Residents are invited to attend an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the project and to ask questions.
For more information about how you can contribute to the Boll Campus Center contact Kelley Hamilton at 313-884-4444, Ext. 410.