MMU secures Barry K. Wendt Building, to become Rinderknecht Athletic Center

Mount Mercy University is pleased to announce the purchase of the Barry K. Wendt Building and neighboring warehouse, located at 909 17th Street NE. The purchase was made possible by a substantial lead gift from John Rinderknecht, Mount Mercy trustee and president of Ram Development Company.

An exciting addition to The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex currently under construction at Mount Mercy, the building will be converted into the Rinderknecht Athletic Center. It will house athletic coaches’ offices, weight-training facilities, and meeting space for teams and staff.

"The Rinderknecht Athletic Center will be a great addition to the growing Mount Mercy Athletic Department, now with the most sports in University history," said Paul Gavin, director of athletics. "The facility will improve our ability to serve our coaches and largest-ever student-athlete population, while offering a top-notch training facility right next to our new outdoor athletic complex."

The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex is slated for completion in August. It will be home to men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball—six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams. The new complex will also make additional community outreach efforts possible—including Mount Mercy’s JumpStart program, which will collaborate with local social service agencies and neighborhood organizations to provide activities for area youth.

“I’ve been involved with Mount Mercy for many years,” Rinderknecht said. “I know the coaching staff and student-athletes work hard, study hard and compete at the highest level—all while giving back to the Cedar Rapids community. I’m very happy to support their efforts with the Rinderknecht Athletic Center and know how valuable it will be to the success of their athletics program.”

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