A new gift from former Providence College Board of Trustees Chair Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13 Hon. and his wife, Elizabeth Ruane, will enable Providence College to begin construction of the Ruane Friar Development Center, a new multi-purpose facility that will significantly enhance Friar athletics on a national level, student services, and College community life. Phase I of the project will concentrate on the men’s and women’s basketball as well as volleyball facilities, athletic training center, offices, a new Friar Athletics Hall of Fame, and a dining room. Student-athletes from other sports also will benefit from access to the facility; it will promote academic success, team-building, skills development, conditioning, and wellness.
In addition, Phase I includes the construction of an atrium spanning Alumni Hall and Slavin Center, along with other infrastructure improvements. It will set the stage for Phase II to feature a new Center for Career Education and Professional Development and an expanded, renovated ’64 Hall (the College’s largest function facility, located in Slavin Center).