Welsh-Ryan Arena Renovation

Project Status: 

Construction Start: March 2017
Completion: October 2018

Project Description and Statistics

Welsh-Ryan Arena, (located at 2705 Ashland Ave Evanston, IL 60208the home of Northwestern University’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, will be transformed as a result of a complete facility renovation. A leadership gift from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, along with a $10 million gift from Stephen R. and Susan K. Wilson, donations from other loyal Northwestern benefactors and the existing athletics maintenance and equipment budget, will fund the $110-plus million project.

Simply stated, this is a historic moment for the future of Northwestern Athletics,” said Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation. “There are no greater champions for Northwestern than Pat and Shirley Ryan. We never will appropriately convey our gratitude for their vision and generosity, which have made a seismic impact on our University and generations of students. In addition, we are also incredibly appreciative of Steve and Sue Wilson’s continued unconditional support and leadership; they are truly two of our very best Wildcats.”

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The project, part of the master athletics facilities plan recommendation, will entail a complete renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena and McGaw Memorial Hall, including:

Construction on McGaw Memorial Hall, in which Welsh-Ryan Arena is located, was started in 1951 and completed in 1953. In the early 1980s, aided by a leadership gift from the Ryans, the basketball arena was renovated and named in honor of the parents of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan. Additional improvements have been made to the building since that time, but this project will be the first top-to-bottom renovation of the entire structure since its original construction.

Project Team

Project Management


John D’Angelo, Vice President for Facilities Management
Bonnie Humphrey, Director of Design
Dave Stone, Director for Construction
Steven Himes, Project Manager

Architect, Engineers & Consultants

Architect: HOK
Construction Manager: Mortenson Construction
Structural Engineer: Thorton Tomasetti
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: AEI Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Fire Protection: Primera Engineers
Civil Engineer: SmithGroup/JJR
Landscape: SmithGroup/JJR
Code Consultants: Howe Engineers
Inclusive Design Consultant: LCM Architects
Audio Visual: WJHW
LEED Consultant: Ecoworks Studio
Food Service Consultant: S2O Consultants
Cost Consultant: The Concord Group

Contact Information

All inquiries should be directed to:

Steven Himes, Project Manager
Northwestern University
Facilities Management Design & Construction
2020 Ridge Avenue, Suite 250
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-3416
steven.himes@northwestern.edu