The Hogan Center, built in 1969, was renamed in 1999 to honor Romain and Helen Kempf Hogan ’28 through a generous gift from their son, James Hogan. It houses Art Smith Arena, Cappaert Gymnasium, McClure Natatorium and the Baker Jones Educational Unit. It also contains a state-of-the-art fitness center, training room and athletic department offices.
After nearly 18 months of construction, the addition of a new lobby and Art Smith Arena was completed in the summer of 2010 and serves students and the greater community as the college’s primary venue for commencement, convocations, major events and athletics.
“This is a fabulous arena with a beautiful lobby that will enhance the student experience at Alma and serve as a showcase for the campus not only in our local community but regionally and nationally,” said Alma College President Jeff Abernathy when the facility was completed. “This will be an excellent community gathering place for speakers, concert and other events. We continue to welcome those who attend games and College events as well as those who swim in the pool or play racquetball.
A dedication ceremony took place on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 and the project was funded by a combination of gifts and the sale of bonds.
During a $10.2-million renovation in 2009-10, the Art Smith Arena was added to the Hogan Center to serve as the College’s primary venue for commencement, major events and athletics. The the 29,000-square-foot arena serves as the new home court for the men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. It seats 2,430, with additional floor seating of 600 for non-athletics events, and is Alma College’s first LEED-certified building, the nationally recognizable mark of sustainable construction.
The Hogan Center is located on the east end of the Alma campus, behind the Heritage Center and just west of the intersection of Wright Avenue and Superior Street.