T. Furth Center for Performing Arts

 T. Furth Center for Performing Arts exterior

Trine University’s new T. Furth Center for Performing Arts opened in May and was dedicated May 2.

The $7.8 million Furth Center is the region's premier destination for hosting world-class performing arts. Trine has preserved an Angola landmark, the First Christian Church, while yielding a tastefully appointed venue for university and regional music, drama, dance and celebratory events. The Ryan Concert Hall with its lush look of gold detailing, marble statuary, chandeliers and paintings is reminiscent of Wiener Musikverein concert hall in Vienna.

This facility houses our music, choir and theater programs, and will feature practice rooms, studios, offices, and a music library. Seating for 750 guests accompanies the Ryan Concert Hall providing for a prominent place for the arts in the lives of residents and students, expanding the cultural resources of our region and creating an environment where artists can thrive.

The Furth Center is named for Dr. Tomas Furth, an alumnus and trustee. He and his wife, Ema, share a passion for music and the arts and support those efforts as well.

 Open date: May 2014 

 Jim and Joan Bock Center
for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering

Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering

Trine University’s new Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering opened in August and was dedicated Oct. 4.

The $6 million, nearly 25,000-square-foot facility is home to Trine’s Innovation One (i1), an incubator for technology and business to help spur economic development in the region, and laboratories stocked with state-of-the-art equipment to support i1 and the Allen School of Engineering & Technology.

In the Bock Center’s lower level, the south end is anchored by a cast metals laboratory while the north end has a new plastics laboratory to support Trine’s plastics engineering minor. The new minor is offered for the first time this year and has more than 30 students enrolled. Other laboratories in the building include rapid prototyping and motion analysis on the upper level that also has space for i1 offices and Career Services. Trine is the only Indiana university to have an entrepreneur-in-residence on campus through Elevate Ventures and that office is also on the second floor.

The Bock Center is named for Jim Bock, an alumnus and trustee, and his wife, Joan, who gifted $1 million to Trine for the building.

Open date: August 2013

 The Depot Grill
the Depot Grill

Trine University has resurrected the former Lakeshore Depot, at 611 W. Maumee St., and opened it as a restaurant. The Depot Grill features regional, sustainable fare such as burgers made from all-natural, locally ground beef and hand-scooped ice cream from the Hudsonville Creamery in Holland, Mich. Trine purchased the depot in late 2011 from husband and wife Dennis Spidel and Janny O’Connell, who had used it as a home for the interior design and custom home construction businesses. They have remained a part of the renovation, as the university wanted to maintain the architectural integrity and history of the building. Much of the floor, walls and trim are original. Period colors were selected, and light fixtures and décor make visitors feel as if they’ve caught a glimpse of early 20th century America. Old pictures and newspapers hanging on the walls also help tell the depot’s story.

Open date: June 2012

 Ryan Skywalk
Ryan Skywalk

Ryan Skywalk, an open–air pedestrian that spans across Park Avenue from the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center to the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium, provides ease of access to stadium suites and means of egress. Gifts from trustee Cliff Ryan and his wife, Sig, of Naples, Fla., and alumnus and trustee Jack Shaw and his wife, Sue, of Coldwater, Mich., made the skywalk a reality. Design Collaborative in Fort Wayne designed the skywalk, with Ron Dick serving as the lead architect.

Open date: August 2011

Hershey Hall Boiler Retrofit

This project replaced two (2) American Standard Kewanee 200 horsepower steam boilers that inefficiently served the heating needs of Hershey Hall athletic facility with four (4) Lochinvar Copper Fin II hot water boilers, pumps, pipes and fittings sized to provide the building heat more efficiently.

This project was funded, in part, by the Indiana office of energy development and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Completion Date: Winter 2010

Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium and
Metal Technologies Inc. Health and Fitness Center
Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium

Metal Technologies Health and Fitness Center

Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium, completed in 2010, is a state of the art micro–stadium for football and lacrosse. With a capacity of more than 5,000 fans, the stadium is complete with four suites, press box, control room, a spacious hospitality box for supporters, and its open–air Thunder Club Thunder deck. The stadium provides a tremendous facility for both day and night games and practice for Thunder teams. The stadium also houses football offices, a weight room, sports medicine area, and a large scoreboard.

Open date: Fall 2010

Jannen Field

Jannen Field


Jannen Field is home of the Thunder baseball team. With recent updates including a grandstand with chairs for 100 fans, men and women′s restrooms, a full–service concession stand and a brand–new sound system. The grandstand also includes an internet accessible, 12–sea,t air–conditioned press box.


Open date: Spring 2010

Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc.
Athletic and Recreation Center

Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center

Inside the ARC

The Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center is a multi-purpose, sports complex with an indoor 200-meter track, tennis courts, volleyball, baseball/softball cages, basketball, indoor soccer, lacrosse and more.

Open date: Spring 2009

Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center
Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center

This 73,000-square-foot facility houses the LINK, 320-seat Fabiani Theatre, Whitney Commons dining area, Sponsel Library, Bookstore, Hornbacher Fitness Center, rock climbing wall, WEAX student radio station and more.

Open date: August 2007

C.W. Sponsel Administration Center
C.W. Sponsel Administration Center

Originally built in 1887, the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center in Sniff Hall was completely restored in 2007.

Open date: October 2007

Golf Course Apartments
Golf Course Apartments

Students in our new Golf Course Village apartments enjoy breathtaking views of our own Zollner Golf Course! The common area includes vaulted ceilings with the second-floor overlooking, big-screen TV, and cozy fireplace complete with leather furnishings. Fully furnished apartments have central living areas, double room occupancy, 10-foot ceilings, private balconies, climate controlled bedrooms, and cable and Internet access. Located on the lower level is the game room; laundry areas are available on each floor.

Open date: August 2008 and January 2009