Anderson Hall is the large concrete building on the east side of the junction of Sheridan Road and Foster Street in Evanston, IL. It is a freestanding two-story building with a basement. Berglund had to maintain tight logistics to perform demolition of the existing Anderson Hall to build the new Anderson Hall. This building is made of structural steel with limestone façade and includes a wrestling facility, administration offices and a computer lab.
“It’s great for us to see the players here, instead of just at a game or a practice when we don’t have that much time to sit and talk with them.”
Associate Director of Intercollegiate Administration
The new Anderson Hall brings nearly all aspects of the Northwestern athletics under one roof.
The Ron Burton Academic Advising Center, with its computer lab and study lounge filled with tables and couches, is a major upgrade over the former space converted from old racquetball courts. Administrators hope that making the center the focal point for student-athletes will also make the Northwestern athletic program more enticing to recruits and their parents. The Burton center is named after one of Northwestern’s football greats and member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
The Ken Kraft Wrestling Complex is housed on the lower level (basement) of the building, and it improves upon the makeshift rings in Patten Gym the wrestling team practiced on for the past two years. The complex is named after Kraft, a senior associate athletic director who retired in June of 2004 and had earned four letters with the Wildcat wrestling team before serving as its head coach for 22 years.