Ruane Friar Development Center


A recent gift from former Providence College Board of Trustees Chair Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13Hon. and his wife, Elizabeth Ruane, will enable Providence College to begin construction of the Ruane Friar Development Center, a new multi-purpose facility that will significantly enhance Friar athletics, student services, and College community life. The College will begin construction on Phase I in 2016, to include a new two-story structure attached to Alumni Hall. That facility will include a basketball practice facility and space for associated Department of Athletics activities.

In addition to the basketball practice facility, Ruane Friar Development Center Phase I includes the construction of an atrium spanning Alumni Hall and Slavin Center, along with other infrastructure improvements.  It will set the stage for Phase II, to feature a new Center for Career Education and Professional Development and an expanded, renovated ’64 Hall (the College’s largest function facility, located in Slavin Center).

Construction on Phase I, pegged at nearly $30 million, will begin in 2016, with completion expected in late summer 2017. Phase II, estimated at $7.5 million, will be scheduled for a time that will maximize efficiency relative to work on Phase I and will minimize disruption to student life and activities. In addition to the two-court practice facility, Phase I will include an athletic training center, offices, a new Friar Athletics Hall of Fame, and a dining room.

The project will expand the venerable Alumni Hall to the west, with glass facades that complement the adjacent exteriors of Slavin Center and Concannon Fitness Center. The atrium will create a welcoming, informal gathering space for the College community, and the large entrance patio will become a useful multi-purpose outdoor location that will serve as an impressive backdrop to the Ray Treacy Track facility.

The Ruane Friar Development Center will be attached to the Canavan Sports Medicine Center. The Canavan Sports Medicine Center was graciously donated by Joe '65 and Marybeth Canavan '89P in 2008. The training center provides the highest level of treatment and rehab for our student-athletes which includes hydro-therapy pools, Alter-G treadmill, mental health support, and high level certified trainers. Joe and Marybeth just made another significant donation to provide the newest level of sports medicine technology in the Ruane Development center. This will include a cryotherapy chamber, sleep deprivation tanks, and relaxation sleep pods. The Canavan’s understand the vital role of recovery and rehabilitation during the training process which helps our student-athletes achieve the highest level of success in the classroom and on the field of play.

Phase I Progress


In Progress

Ruane gift catalyzes Friar Development Center Construction.

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For additional information, please contact Steve Napolillo at 401-865-2677.

Head Coach Office SOLD
Assistant #1 Office SOLD
Assistant #2 Office $100,000
Assistant #3 Office $100,000
Assistant #4 Office $50,000
Assistant #5 Office $50,000
Assistant #6 Office $50,000
GA/Video Office $25,000

“I am so grateful to be a part of the softball team at PC. Thank you so much to the donors, coaches, alumni and athletic department for their continued generous support, providing us with first rate resources and facilities. Go Friars!” Julianne Rurka '18, Softball
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