GRANVILLE, OH -- Denison University, an undergraduate liberal arts college in Granville, OH, has broken ground on the renovation and expansion of its athletics and recreation facilities. The project, budgeted at $38.5 million, is expected to be completed by spring 2013.

The centerpiece of the project will be a natatorium featuring a new Olympic-sized pool four times the size of the school’s current pool, a diving well and seating for up to 1,000 spectators. The natatorium is slated to open ahead of the rest of the project, in spring 2012.

The new facilities also will include an athletics hall of fame, staff offices, training suites and an 8,000-square-foot fitness center that features more than 100 strength-training and cardio machines.