Bridgewater College Begins Renovations

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Bridgewater College is undergoing $9 million worth of renovations.

The renovations will help spruce up the athletic department as well as the Department of Health and Human Sciences.

With 22 sports teams, College Spokesperson Abbie Parkhurst said the renovations are needed.

They are transforming Nininger Hall, which was renovated before this in 1988.

The changes cover a wide area and include a renovated gym, classrooms and a lab.

There will be an additional 16,000 square feet of space added on to the hall.

The official groundbreaking ceremony is on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Bridgewater.

Crews have already started some excavation work and laying new turf on Jopson field.

There will be a new event space and athletic hall of fame celebration area.

Lights have also been installed on Jopson field, which means the college will be able to have night games in the next two years.

Those lights will not be used for the 2013 football season.

Parkhurst said these changes will also highlight academics.

"It also houses our Department of Health and Human Sciences which is our largest academic department on campus so the project will redo classrooms, redo faculty offices, redo our laboratory and so academically there's a big piece to this too," said Parkhurst.

The first phase of the project is an addition to Nininger's southwest corner that looks over Jopson field.

The second phase will start in March of 2014.

Once the first addition is finished, Parkhurst said they'll move everyone into the addition to renovate the old part of Nininger hall.

The ground breaking ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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