Breaking New Ground

This fall, IUP and the community scheduled a formal groundbreaking for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex along Wayne Avenue. The event is regarded as a landmark moment for the university, the Indiana community, and the region. It also is only one of several major recent developments connected with the facility.

PNC Foundation, Pittsburgh, made a $300,000 pledge in support of the KCAC.  The donation will be used in constructing the 150,000-square-foot facility that will include an arena, Athletics Department administration offices, and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

The hotel that adjoins the main KCAC facility is due for completion in March 2011. It will be owned by the Foundation for IUP, a nonprofit organization.

In announcing the pledge, PNC Bank Pittsburgh Regional President Sylvan Holzer said, “The Kovalchick Complex will provide an important amenity for both the university and surrounding area. It represents an investment by the university which, through the strength of its academic programs, already serves as an engine for regional growth and development.”

At its September meeting, the IUP Council of Trustees recognized the PNC gift and designated the KCAC’s first-floor conference room as the PNC Conference Room.

Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

A walkway in front of the hotel will have a footbridge that crosses a small creek between the KCAC and Wayne Avenue.

The KCAC is projected to have a $22-million economic impact on the region during construction, which is expected to continue into the spring of 2011, and an annual economic impact of $12.5 million each year of operation.

During the summer, the Foundation for IUP and the university announced the selection of the Horizon Team to develop the hotel property connected with the facility. The Horizon Team represents Horizon Properties Group LLC and Summit Development Consulting Corporation.

Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

This will be the view from Hospital Drive, looking toward Pratt Drive (which curves off to the right in the distance). The main facility is on the right and the hotel on the left.

Horizon and Summit are based in Canonsburg. Their most recent hotel development projects include the Hilton Hampton Inn & Suites projects in Blairsville and Washington, Pa., and Hilton Homewood Suites and Cambria Suites by Choice Hotels projects at Southpointe II in Canonsburg.