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Claremont McKenna College in US names new athletics facility in honour of $50m donor

05 Dec 2012 (Last Updated December 5th, 2012 18:30)

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in the US has received a $50m gift from trustee George Roberts and will name a new fitness and athletics facility in his honour.

Claremont McKenna College's Roberts Pavilion building

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in the US has received a $50m gift from trustee George Roberts and will name a new fitness and athletics facility in his honour.

Mr Roberts, the co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of American private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, is an alumnus of the college.

The funding from Roberts adds to Claremont McKenna’s recent fundraising campaign, which crossed $600m mark with the donation.

Claremont McKenna College said that it will name the new facility the Roberts Pavilion.

Designed by JFAK Architects, the Roberts Pavilion will replace the 55,000ft² Ducey Gymnasium with a 120,000ft² three-level facility.

The Roberts Pavilion will house the department of physical education and athletics and support the college’s co-educational programme of 21 varsity sports, which includes an arena for basketball and volleyball.

The building will also feature areas for campus gatherings, a fitness centre, a recreational gym, a weight room and locker rooms.

The main arena of the facility will be reconfigured as an event centre with a seating capacity of approximately 2,000 to host community events.

Sustainable features of the building include storm water filtration and a solar hot water system.

CMC trustee and vice chairman of the buildings and grounds committee Kenneth Novack said, "We want a facility that everyone can use, a building that’s integrated into the life of the College."

Construction on the facility is expected to start in 2014, and the building is expected to achieve LEED Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council.


Image: The Roberts Pavilion will replace the Ducey Gymnasium featuring a fitness centre and a recreational gym. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Claremont McKenna College.