Huntington University recognized for Becker Hall project

HUNTINGTON, Ind.- Huntington University has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 BCA Excellence in Construction Awards for the renovations to Becker Hall.

Becker Hall, formerly known as the Administration Building, is the university's first building. It was erected in 1897 and has acted as classroom, gymnasium, chapel and administrative space over the years.

This summer, renovations were made to the basement and lobby of the building, including donations from Fetters Construction of period-like wood trim and ceramic tile for the lobby. The biggest renovations were to Davis Hall, the third floor of the building, which now supports a film studio with a greenscreen, a stadium-seat theater, faculty offices, editing rooms and an equipment cage. The addition of a new elevator completed the renovations this fall. The building will still serve in its current administrative role, but now also houses the future of the digital media arts program.

The project was recognized in the "Renovation - Under $2 million" category from the Building Contractors Association. Fetters Construction submitted the project for consideration.

"Receiving this award helps to confirm that we achieved our goal of trying to emphasize the heritage of the building while enhancing its ability to meet current program needs," said Tom Ayers, vice president for business and finance/treasurer. "We truly appreciate the quality craftsmanship demonstrated throughout the project by Fetters Construction. They were great team players."

The renovations to Becker Hall are a part of the larger $21 million Together: The Campaign for Huntington University that will also expand the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex (MPERC) and grow the University Fund and endowment.