Colby College has announced the opening of its new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center. The 350,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building is one in a series of major investments by the college to create and support best-in-class programs and initiatives. Designed by Hopkins Architects and Sasaki, the project was made possible in large part from the generous philanthropic support of the Harold Alfond Foundation, a longtime contributor to Colby College.
The Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which is located at the north end of campus across from Johnson Pond, has a wide range of unique venues. Key among them are an aquatics center with the only Olympic-sized Myrtha pool in Maine, an ice arena with year-round regulation ice, the Margaret M. Crook Center with three regulation-length basketball/volleyball courts, and the open-air O’Neil Atrium at the center of the building. Additional highlights include:
- The three-level Boulos Family Fitness Center that includes a mix of free weights, cables, selectorize and cardio equipment, open areas for stretching and training, as well as dedicated fitness studios and a mindfulness and meditation room
- An indoor competition center (track/field house) with a six-lane track, regulation tennis courts, and field-event accommodations for pole vault, high jump, long/triple jump, and shot put
- A squash center with nine championship regulation courts
- A 42-foot-tall climbing and bouldering wall with terrain ranging from easy vertical to more difficult articulated areas
- A dedicated athletic trainer’s suite with hydrotherapy pools as well as exam rooms and a triage room