An architectural rendering of the southwest corner of the MRC.

Williams is expected to break ground on a new Multipurpose Recreation Center (MRC) in late spring. The building will serve as the temporary home for Williams’ indoor athletic practices, intramural sports and other recreational activities, all of which were displaced after Towne Field House closed unexpectedly in the spring of 2023.

A pre-engineered metal structure, the MRC will be situated on the north side of campus, adjacent to the tennis courts near Stetson Road. It will feature a three-lane, 200-meter track, three tennis courts and practice space for the baseball and softball teams, as well as a 40-foot climbing wall. The facility will also include restrooms, storage space, a small athletic training room and changing rooms for teams.

Completion of the building is planned for late 2025, with design by the Boston office of the global architectural firm CannonDesign and construction by Suffolk Construction. Concurrent with the MRC project, the college has begun a comprehensive programming study to explore athletics, recreation and well-being campuswide.

Photo, at top: The southwest corner of the Multipurpose Recreation Center. Architectural rendering provided by CannonDesign