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Last updated on Monday, August 27, 2012
(BLOOMINGTON) - The Wildermuth Intramural Center is reopened after being closed for more than a year.
The roof of Wildermuth was being replaced in summer 2011 when it was accidentally set ablaze by a worker July 5, causing a three-alarm fire.
The 30,000 gallons of water it took to subdue the fire engulfed the facility.
It was later re-painted from floor to ceiling, except for the original brick.
"Students that haven't been here the last 15 months have never seen this space," said Jacqueline Puterbaugh, associate director for Campus Recreational Sports.
"I think it was a reasonable time for everything that had to get done. It was a big project."
In November 2011, the Indiana Daily Student reported Wildermuth was originally supposed to re-open in September 2011.
The west side of the center reopened August 2011, but the majority of the facility remained closed.
Completion was delayed after experts assessed the damage and revealed it was more extensive than originally thought. Delays affected nearly all repair projects.
Puterbaugh said five basketball courts had to be replaced, and five were
All the light fixtures, which were working at only 40-percent capacity, were replaced.
Glass was placed around the track to open the room. Pictures will be placed around the track featuring the different activities students can participate in at Wildermuth.
The walkway near the track was also revamped, and a cardio/circuit gym was added. This will be open all day.
Intramural volleyball and basketball will both be played at the Wildermuth.
It opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Friday and Saturday it closes at 9 p.m. but is open until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
"Once the semester gets going, it's packed," Puterbaugh said.
Next summer, Wildermuth will close again for six weeks to finish repairs that were not completed before the reopening, such as replacing the track.
"It's safe to use, but there's water infiltration," she said.
It cost a little more than $1 million to replace the roof, said Thomas Morrison, vice president for capital planning and facilities, in an email.
The rest of the renovations cost several hundred thousand dollars, which was covered by insurance because of the fire.
Puterbaugh said the center, which was built in 1927, was the primary facility for Campus Recreational Sports until the Student Recreational Sports Center was built
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