Duquesne: Another gift will add to Palumbo renovation

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On the heels of a $1.8 million renovation of the main bowl of the Palumbo Center, Duquesne University Tuesday announced plans for the Janice and James Schaming Athletic Center. The Center will include a $1.3 million renovation of the men's and women's basketball and volleyball locker rooms and a redesign of the lower corridor of the Palumbo Center.

The $1.3 million project will begin in April and is expected to be completed by August. It will be funded by private donations with the lead gift from Janice and James Schaming.

Plans call for the total renovation of three locker rooms in addition to the installation of new flooring, lighting and graphics in the lower-level corridor.

"We are grateful to the Schamings for their generous gift," Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio said. "Not only will this project give our athletics programs a significant boost, but it will pay dividends for years. Jim and Janice's support underscores their commitment to providing our student-athletes with the assets necessary to compete at the highest level."

Janice and James Schaming Athletic Center is the third phase of renovation work to the Palumbo Center that opened in 1988. In 2006, men's and women's basketball and administrative offices, a recruiting suite, a video breakdown room and student-athlete-only strength and conditioning and athletic training rooms were constructed at a cost of $2 million on the concourse level. The recently completed $1.8 million renovation that followed included the installation of chair-back seats, a custom designed center-hung video board and four lower-level corner scoreboards.


Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com .


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