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William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion at UT

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The new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion at the University of Toledo, located near the Glass Bowl, was completed Thursday morning after four months of construction.

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The 13,000-square-foot $1.2 million pavilion and plaza was designed by the SSOE Group, an international design firm based in Toledo.

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Toledo mascot Rocksy the Rocket was on hand to work the crowd of several hundred people Thursday evening during the dedication of the new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion.

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University of Toledo 1967 graduate Diane Poturalski of Toledo, center, joked with the other alumni sitting at her table during dinner.

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Roxy Balukh, right, joined UT dance team members who, along with the band, provided entertainment Thursday evening before the pavilion's dedication.

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University of Toledo Chairman of the Board of Trustees William Koester and his wife Carol Koester, left, chatted with other alumni Thursday evening before the dedication of the new pavilion.

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President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Paul Toth, Jr., address a crowd of several hundred students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

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University of Toledo Alumni Association associate vice president Daniel Saevig wipes a tear from his eye after being thanked for his work on the university's newest construction project.

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"This project is truly unique," university President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs said. Mr. Jacobs said the university's new pavilion will leave a mark on current and future students. "You will have an impact on their lives, an inspirational effect."

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University of Toledo Chairman of the Board of Trustees William Koester, center right, and his wife Carol Koester, center left, share a laugh with University of Toledo Alumni Association associate vice president Daniel Saevig, left, and University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs.

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Pillars in the new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion bear placards commemorating donors to the project.

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Carol Koester, her husband University of Toledo Chairman of the Board of Trustees William Koester cut the ribbon with University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs, dedicating the new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion

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From left, Carol Koester, University of Toledo Chairman of the Board of Trustees William Koester, University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs, SSOE Group CEO Tony Damon, and President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Paul Toth, Jr., cheer Thursday evening after cutting the ribbon that marked the offical dedication of the new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion at the University of Toledo.

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