Indiana University of Pennsylvania received $2.12 million through Pennsylvania’s H20 PA water-related infrastructure renewal program for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
The funds are from the $800 million H2O PA fund that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed into law in July. The KCAC is one of five flood-control projects in the state approved for funding.
“We are very pleased to receive this funding from the commonwealth,” Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP president, said. “Not only does it help us to advance this project—it addresses the recurrent flood problem, which has been identified as a critical restriction to economic development in the project area and surrounding commercial properties.”
University officials broke ground in November 2008 for the KCAC, a $53.4-million facility along Wayne Avenue, adjacent to the university.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, IUP celebrated a $1-million gift from 1999 graduate Chad Hurley to name the five-thousand-seat KCAC arena the Ed Fry Arena. Fry, who recently retired, was a longtime IUP Music faculty member and track and field coach. In March, IUP celebrated its third $1-million gift to the KCAC from Indiana businessman Edward Bratton.
The KCAC, named in honor of the Kovalchick family, of Indiana, will also include the 650-seat Christine Toretti auditorium, a conference center, grand lobby, commercial kitchen, and offices for IUP athletics. The facility also includes an adjacent full-service hotel.
Construction for the KCAC began in March and will be completed in June 2011. The KCAC and hotel are projected to have an economic impact of more than $358 million during the first ten years of operation.
The H20 PA funding will be used for improvements to the floodway along Marsh Run, Whites Run, and Stoney Run to reduce recurrent flooding of public roadways, railway, IUP’s Miller Stadium, and adjacent properties.
The floodway improvement project includes the following: