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Spring 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 2  



Campaign hits record high


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A record high $131 million has been raised in the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance, surpassing the previous record of $127.4 million that was raised in the late 1990s during the University’s Centennial Campaign. The new record also greatly surpasses the $31.7 million raised in the 1980s during the Campaign for Bradley.

A $1 million gift from Peoria businessman Dale Burklund in January boosted the current campaign past the University’s previous fundraising record. (See In Appreciation). The Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance was launched in April 2008, with a goal of raising $150 million to recreate the face of the campus by renovating and expanding existing buildings and constructing new state-of-the-art facilities.


Construction update

The hydrotherapy room in the Athletic Performance Center houses three therapy pools — one hot, one cold, and one with an underwater treadmill and adjustable water levels to accommodate athletes of all heights. Bradley’s hydrotherapy room is the only one of its kind in the state. Photo by Duane Zehr.


to view the Athletic Performance Center progress.

View aerial photos of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center’s Big Dig construction site. Go >

Temporary heating units allowed construction of the Athletic Performance Center to continue through the winter. The maple flooring for the Puterbaugh Practice Facility has been laid. The catwalk system above the arena was installed. Installation of the subfloor system for the arena court began in February, after work on the upper walls was completed. The final pieces of structural steel were erected at the north entry into the lobby of the arena, and the in-floor radiant heat tubing system was being installed prior to the placement of the concrete floor. Work continues on the glass entry and skylight system. Installation of the building’s four elevators is in progress, as is work on the chiller plant in the basement. A new boiler plant located below the adjacent parking deck became operational in January and is providing steam to campus. The Athletic Performance Center is on target to be completed by mid summer.

More than 200 cubic yards of concrete for the west foundation wall and the north wall footing of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center were poured in January. Workers continue to form footings and foundation walls, as weather allows. The 34,700-square-foot facility located on the west side of Bradley Hall is expected to open in 2011.