Kovalchick Complex Toured by IUP-Community Group

Posted on 1/26/2010 3:14:14 PM

An IUP-community group that has spent two years talking about the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex took its first tour of the facility Monday.

The KCAC Committee Cochairs, made up of IUP officials and community leaders, got an inside look at the building’s progress January 25, 2010.

Scheduled to open in June 2011, the KCAC is currently slightly ahead of schedule, according to Mark Geletka, interim associate vice president for Facilities Management.

The cochairs committee meets on a monthly basis to provide overall guidance for the project. Topics discussed range from land-acquisition to general-operations issues.

The KCAC is a $53.49-million, 150,000-square-foot facility being built along Wayne Avenue, adjacent to the university. It will include a 5,000-seat arena, auditorium, conference center, and more.

The facility is named for the Kovalchick family of Indiana, which made a $2-million donation toward the project.

Construction on the facility officially began February 16, 2009.

Keith Boyer photos

KCAC Tour, Wygonik

Pointing out the future location of the scoreboard in the Ed Fry Arena was tour leader Ray Wygonik, director of Engineering and Construction.

KCAC Tour, Arena

An overall view of the Ed Fry Arena shows the horseshoe-type shape of the structure.

KCAC Tour, Marx, Ruddock

Pictured in the KCAC’s concourse area, overlooking the Ed Fry Arena, are Bob Marx, left, special assistant to the vice president of Administration and Finance, and Indiana County Commissioner Rodney Ruddock, a member of the KCAC Committee Cochairs.