The university's new Basketball Player Development Center serves the men’s and womens’ teams. The programs previously could practice only on Crisler Center’s competition court.
The teams’ two-court practice gymnasium is the hub of the new facility, with surrounding cardio, strength ASSOCIATED FIRMSink Combs DethlefsCAPACITY2,754COST PER SQ FT$362.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities conditioning, hydrotherapy, training and video-review areas. An observation balcony overlooks the gym, enabling coaches to monitor activities; it serves as a powerful recruiting tool. Coaching staffs and administrative support are housed in the office level. Team and coaches’ locker rooms, a recruiting suite and the lobby’s team memorabilia and Hall of Fame complete the project.
Placing a large addition adjacent to Crisler Arena’s signature oval shape was a challenge. The placement of a major structural element was required to accommodate a phase of the adjacent Crisler concourse expansion.
Contextual materials include brick and cast stone for large areas of the facade; the corner lobby is contrasted with light, reflective materials such as glass, aluminum and metal panels. Natural light permeates the facility, allowing for a variety of functions—beyond practice—when necessary.