Lilly Center Renovation and Expansion

In the first of a three-phase project, Hastings+Chivetta expanded and renovated the nearly 59,000 SF Lilly Center to address the University’s top priorities related to fitness, training facilities and recreational programming.

The most noticeable change is the addition of a lobby to the front of the existing building to align the building with the walkway and create a prominent campus front. The program also includes an expanded 16,000 SF fitness center, which triples the size of the previous facility and meets DePauw’s integrated training model. Student-athletes, students and members of the community train alongside one another in the facility.

The expansion also includes three new multipurpose rooms to support fitness, spinning and dance, tripling the space previously available. The extra rooms were constructed in the space vacated by the previous fitness center. Remodeled recreational locker rooms and administrative office space were added as well.

The roof of the Erdmann natatorium was replaced and raised, enabling the existing natatorium to be converted into a practice gymnasium as part of future Phase III improvements. The construction of a new 50-meter pool will follow. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams train in the natatorium. It is also used for swim classes, intramural activities and recreational swimming.

The Department of Kinesiology has taken over several seldom-used racquetball courts, more than doubling the office and laboratory space for the growing department. The department was also grouped together and placed on perimeter walls to allow for windows in the classrooms and offices. Previously the department had been spread throughout the building.

Hastings+Chivetta also made improvements to the athletic fields.