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Huntington University approves athletic facility expansion

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The Huntington University Board of Trustees has approved a more than $13 million project to expand the Merillat Complex and Fieldhouse. Plans include adding a third performance gym, updating Platt Arena, along with building new training and wellness spaces.

University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton says the PLEX project was expanded from an original $4.6 million investment. She says the university’s athletic program has grown to nearly 300 student-athletes competing in 18 NAIA programs.

“Through extended conversations with University athletic staff and students, alumni and community members, it became clear the importance of this project to many of our constituents,” Emberton said in a news release. “The expansion of the existing health and wellness facility meets current as well as anticipates future needs for students at Huntington University.”

The university did not provide an estimated time frame for construction.

Emberton says the project is the largest campus expansion project since the completion of Dowden Science Hall in 2005.