Pictured, from left: Terry Carter, vice president for University Relations; David Werner, interim president; Bob Duey, Homer City Generating Station director; and John Mulroy, safety specialist at the generating station and an IUP English and Safety Sciences graduate.
IUP officials recently met with representatives from the Homer City Generating Station to receive the final installment of their $250,000 donation to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
In recognition of the donation, a training laboratory in the Kovalchick Complex will be named the EME Homer City Generating Station Training Lab.
The donation was presented by Homer City Station Director Bob Duey. Homer City Station is a part of the Edison International family of companies, headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy.
EME is one of the nation’s leading owners and operators of competitive electric power generation, with forty-five power generation facilities in construction or operation in thirteen states, including the Homer City Station. Homer City’s facility is among the largest coal-fired power plants in the eastern United States, with 250 employees and enough electric generating capacity to meet the needs of about two million homes. EME also owns two wind-energy projects in Somerset County in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Council of Trustees formally approved the naming of the training center at its meeting in December 2008.
The Kovalchick Complex, located along Wayne Avenue adjacent to campus, is a 150,000-square-foot building that will offer the 4,000- to 6,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, the 650-seat Christine Toretti auditorium, athletic department administrative offices, and conference facilities.
The facility, to be completed in spring 2011, is projected to have a $22-million economic impact on the region during construction and an annual economic impact of $12.5 million in each year of operation.
While owned and managed by IUP, the Kovalchick Complex is designed to serve as a cultural and economic development resource for the Indiana region.
The complex is named in honor of the Kovalchicks, of Indiana, who donated $2 million for the facility’s construction.
In July 2009, IUP selected Global Spectrum, a leading firm for managing university arenas and a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, to manage, market, and operate the Kovalchick Complex’s Ed Fry Arena.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the complex took place November 13, 2008, and included an announcement of a challenge grant of $1 million for the facility from IUP graduate Chad Hurley, cofounder of YouTube, in honor of IUP music professor and track and field coach Ed Fry. The arena in the Kovalchick Complex is named after Fry in honor of Hurley’s gift.