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Campus Stewardship

A Dynamic Vision for a Historic Place Begins to Take Shape

Renovations have begun on St. Lawrence University’s historic Appleton Arena. Our construction manager, Northland Associates, has begun work on the front exterior and Miner Street side of the building. The project will provide St. Lawrence’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs with a superior athletic facility by the start of the 2019-20 season. 

The completely donor-funded project has raised nearly $17 million, thanks in large part to two significant commitments secured last summer as part of The Campaign for Every Laurentian: a $10 million gift from alumnus Tom Dolan ’74, Dolan Family Foundation, and a $1.5 million gift from the Torrey and MacAllaster families in memory of William A. (Bill) Torrey Sr. ’57.

Originally opened in 1951, Appleton Arena is regarded as one of the University’s significant heritage facilities. While preserving the charm of the iconic wood seating and the vaulted roof is a top priority, improvements will include a new entrance, widening concourses, expanding concessions, additional social spaces including the Legends of Appleton Room, and improving both broadcast and live streaming technologies. It will also include a strength and conditioning center named in memory of Dolan’s friend and classmate, Michael “Buddy” Cornacchia ’74, who died in 2014.

The University has worked with global design firm HOK, one of the premier architectural companies for designing sports venues in North America, during the past year and a half on the project.

A second phase of the project will also expand Appleton to support the Saints’ NCAA Division III men and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, softball and the men and women’s rowing teams. Plans and construction drawings have been completed and the University is actively seeking a lead gift for the second phase. That portion of the renovation will begin when fundraising is completed for that phase. For more information on naming opportunities and supporting the project, please contact Andy Whittier ’91, principal gifts officer and director of Athletic Development, at or 315-229-5511.