Koester Alumni Pavilion

The University of Toledo Alumni Association welcomes you to visit the new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion on the northwest corner of the Glass Bowl! The pavilion will serve as a gathering place for alumni tailgates and other activities throughout the year.


"Carol and I saw this pavilion as an opportunity to honor the University of Toledo alumni – people who represent the legacy of this institution and demonstrate the success of its educational mission," William Koester said. "We both went to school at UT and just love the place. We wanted to give something back."

In addition to Koester’s gift, SSOE Group, a global engineering, procurement and construction management firm headquartered in Toledo, made an in-kind contribution donating the architectural design along with all engineering for the pavilion and entry complex.

"SSOE has been a proud supporter of the University of Toledo since our founding in 1948," Tony Damon, president and CEO of the SSOE Group, said. "Our remarkable partnership with the University was built on the legacy of our founder Al Samborn, a 1939 UT alumnus, whose professionalism and commitment to engineering education was exemplified by his many years teaching at UT. That cooperation continues today as SSOE is one of the largest employers of the university’s engineering students and graduates."

The Koester Pavilion sits on a large plaza, named in honor of Chuck and Jackie Sullivan, and comprised of hundreds of bricks donated by UT alumni and friends. Additionally, the Koester Pavilion’s Rocket Station is named in honor of the UT Women & Philanthropy organization. In all, more than 100 alumni, organizations and friends of the University have donated $1,000 or more to the effort and thousands of more have contributed.

If you are interested in being a part of the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion, you can still purchase a brick that will become a part of the pavilion for life. To purchase a brick paver or to make a contribution, please contact Dan Saevig at (419) 530-4008 or email him at daniel.saevig@utoledo.edu.

The William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion is a beautiful facility to host graduation parties, University celebrations, weddings or other outdoor parties. If you are interested in renting the pavilion for a private event, please call Shirley Grzecki at (419) 530-2604. Please carefully review the Application and Terms and Conditions of renting the Koester Alumni Pavilion.

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