ISU allows sneak peek into Hulman Center renovation

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Hulman Center in Downtown Terre Haute has been a part of the community since 1973.

It has hosted famous musicians such as Styx and REO Speedwagon, Sycamore basketball games, graduations and more.

And now, it’s half way through it’s $50 million renovation project.

“The major renovations to the project are to a lot of things that you may not even see. Things that haven’t been touched for the last forty five years,” explained Bryan Duncan, ISU’s Director of Capital Planning and Improvements. “Such as all the utility systems, mechanical/electrical systems, restrooms and other functions in the building.”

A freight elevator and lounge area will also be added to the center.

“Between the inner concourse and the outer concourse on the west side we’ve created an opening that will actually become a multi-purpose lounge space that can be used for game day,” said Duncan. “Or even if there’s not an event at Hulman Center the space could be used.”

The concession stand, bathrooms, kitchen, upper seating deck and building exterior will all be renovated.

Basketball season will begin in late November, and ISU’s Student Government Association is working to expand it’s student section, the Forest, to fill the renovated center.

“We’re gonna do our bet to get students out to the games through the Forest. But we’re also hoping that this new renovation will, students will be like let’s go check out what the new Hulman Center looks like,” said SGA Chief of Staff Braden Murphy. “Let’s see you know the men’s and women’s basketball teams go play in the Hulman Center.”

Crews plan to continue work through basketball season.

“Three of the four building entries will remain open for this coming season,” said Duncan. “And we’re carefully planning right now to make sure we have enough concession space, restroom space and clean up activity ready for this coming season.”

The Hulman Center isn’t just for basketball, the center also houses many of ISU’s celebratory traditions.

And students are excited to create new memories in a new center.

“One thing that has historically been held at the Hulman Center during Homecoming and Spring Week has been a dance competition,” explained Murphy. “Remix/Sync and all that. So I think the new atmosphere will allow more seating for students but also kind of build more energy into that environment.”

Officials hope to see the renovations completed by the end of 2020.

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