Construction of the skating rink, which the college announced two years ago, is scheduled to begin within 30 days.
Wylie said the rink will provide a home to the college’s men’s and women’s hockey teams. It will also be made available at a reduced cost for the Beverly High School hockey teams and will be available for use by the community and youth hockey programs, he said.
The rink will cost $9 million to build. It will have seating for just under 1,000, as well as 150 parking spaces.
Wylie said the rink will be a “resource to the community” of Beverly, which has not had a skating rink for decades.
“I can’t tell you how many hockey moms and hockey dads are saying, ‘Please build it. I’m traveling at 5 in the morning (to games or practice), and it’s killing me,’” Wylie said. “I didn’t really want to build it on our campus, but it became clear it wasn’t going to be built anywhere else.”
Wylie said both the residence hall and the skating rink will be built toward the back of the campus and will not be visible from Hale Street.
Wylie acknowledged that all of the new construction has played a role in rising tuition. Tuition will go up 2 percent in the fall, to $28,994. Tuition, room and board for the 2014-15 year will be $42,728.
“We’re all worried about the cost of higher education,” he said. “A lot of it is the services we provide, and the demand is there for new buildings, new faculty, new programs. I’ve been at places where they started cutting, and they cut the quality of the institution. I’m a firm believer that you build your programs.”
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.