Northwestern College breaks ground for Bultman Center Renovations

Northwestern College held a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday for the second phase of renovations to the Bultman Center for Health, Physical Education, and Intercollegiate Athletics. Estimated to cost more than 6-million-dollarts, the project will provide new and renovated locker rooms and coaches’ offices, as well as a 140-seat team meeting room. With the addition and subsequent renovations to existing areas, teams will have their own dedicated locker rooms, and needed office spaces will be provided for assistant coaches and graduate assistants.

Northwestern President Greg Christy thanked the donors who have helped make the ground breaking possible. He also announced the naming of the facility, the John, and Ann Den Hartog athletic complex.

John Den Hartog said he’s happy to be able to give

Athletic Director Tony Hoops says the renovation will continue to enhance the beautiful athletic facilty, and will continue to meet the standards of Northwestern College, Orange City, and all of Northwesterns alumni and its supporters.

NW Football Coach Matt McCarty is a member of the planning committee for the project. He says the expansion shows the commitment to Northwestern’s student-athletes, and the improvements will enhance the athletic department.

The 7,790-square-foot project has been designed by 10Fold Architecture and Engineering of Ames, Iowa, with 2000 Northwestern graduate Eric Vermeer serving as the lead architect. Construction is expected to begin in early June, with completion by the fall of 2025.

The Bultman Center was built in 1995. The first phase of renovations, completed in 2021, incorporated the new Northwestern College athletics identity and included a new gym floor and bleachers, a scorer’s table with LED screens, and updates to the lobby and hallway areas.