Ground broken for new football, basketball training facilities

The construction of two new athletic facilities was officially launched April 22 with ceremonial groundbreakings for the Football Performance Center at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and the Champions Center south of the Mullins Center.

The Performance Center is a 55,000-square-foot, two-level complex that will include coaches’ offices, a new locker room space, meeting rooms, athletic training facilities and a dedicated strength and conditioning facility. The foyer will feature displays about the football program’s history. The project is part of $34.5 million stadium upgrade project that includes the building of a new press box. The press box will be 5,800 square feet and is designed to accommodate a range of media with a primary focus on television production accessibility.

The project designer/architect is Perkins & Will, Inc., and the contractor is Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

The Champions Center will give both the men’s and women’s basketball programs a dedicated practice and training facility. At $28.5 million, it will be a 53,000-square-foot complex with locker room space, athletic training, strength and conditioning facilities along with meeting and office space. The facility will also be used for campus events such as intramural basketball championships.

The project designer/architect is JCJ Architecture. The contractor is Whiting Turner Contracting Company.

Both projects will be pursuing LEED certification under the Version 3 (2009) New Construction rating system at no lower than silver level. 

The facilities are slated to be online and ready for use in summer and fall of 2014.

Among those taking part in the events were Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, President Robert Caret, Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas, III, Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg, UMass Building Authority executive director Katherine Craven, athletic director John McCutcheon, football coach Charley Molnar and men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg.

Football Performance Center

Champions Center