Mississippi Valley State University

August 22, 2014

University News

R. W. HARRISON HPER COMPLEX UNDERGOES RENOVATIONS

May 31, 2013

Left to Right: Chris Morrow, Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers; State Representative Willie Perkins, Mississippi - 32nd District; Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., chief of staff and interim vice president of University Advancement; Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr., acting president of MVSU; Ashley Robinson, director of Athletics; State Senator David Jordan, Mississippi - 24th District; Michael Taylor, Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers, and Tommy Verdell, director of Facilities Management.   

Mississippi Valley State University R. W. Harrison HPER Complex will undergo a $17.5 million renovation and expansion. The renovations are to begin in fall 2013 and will consist of exterior repairs, safety and accessibility upgrades, as well as creation of additional space. During the renovations, the MVSU women’s volleyball team will host its games in the Charles Lackey Building.

A decision has not been made as to where the MVSU men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their home games during the renovation phase, but the University plans to keep the teams in the Delta community. 

The project should take about 1½ years to complete and the building will open for the 2015-2016 school year. The facility has not been renovated or upgraded since its construction in 1977. 

The R. W. Harrison HPER Complex renovation project will give the University another sustainable asset to use for recruiting and retaining students. This state-of-the-art facility will include classrooms and equipment, as well as a health and wellness center to promote healthy lifestyles and quality of life.  Renovation Fact Sheet

The facility will include:

· Three technology HPER classrooms that can accommodate approximately 35

students each

· Office space for HPER staff

· Weight training room

· Cardio workout room & studio

· A concourse that will double as a walking track

· Bleachers in the arena that retract to accommodate four HPER instructional courts

· New arena space

o Over 2,700 seats for athletic events

o Over 2,800 seats for an end stage event and commencement exercises

· Home men’s and women’s locker rooms

· Home women’s volleyball locker room

· Visitor’s locker rooms

· Recreational locker rooms

· Officials’ locker/green room

· Spectator’s restrooms and concessions