LEED Certified Gold

Northwest Exterior View

UMass Project Planner
Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham
Designer / Architect
JCJ Architecture
August 2013 - August 2015
UMass Project Manager
Cleve Carrens
Construction Manager
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
190 Commonwealth Avenue
Amherst, MA 01003-9398
UMBA Project Manager
PMA Consultants, LLC.

The $29.9 million, 55,000 S.F. John Francis Kennedy Champions Center provides dedicated practice and training facilities for the UMass Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, and serves as the home for intramural basketball championships,

The first level includes two full-size basketball courts and five smaller practice courts, along with a player’s lounge, locker rooms, sports medicine and weight training rooms, theater, dining area, laundry facilities, and equipment storage. The second floor houses office and conference space for program administration. An entry foyer, complete with a VIP lounge and balcony, overlooks the practice courts below.

The Champions Center is located adjacent to the Mullins Center, and connected to the main arena via an enclosed walkway. The two-story Legacy Hall facing Commonwealth Avenue contains memorabilia, electronic displays, and special exhibits dedicated to the history of the UMass Amherst Basketball program. The project achieved LEED Gold Certification.



Sustainable Sites

  • Walkable to several basic campus services, including a sports arena, recreation center, and hotel
  • Compact building footprint maximizes open green space
  • 65% of the site’s natural habitat was protected and restored
  • 124% of the roof surface has a high Solar Reflectance Index that mitigates heat island effect
  • Water efficient landscaping utilizes drought-tolerant, native plant species and requires no permanent irrigation methods
  • Easy access to four PVTA bus stops
  • Bike storage with shower and changing facilities provided onsite

Water Efficiency

  • 36% reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Solar-ready design for future rooftop array
  • Overall energy reduction by 14%
  • Façade combines transparent curtainwall system with translucent polycarbonate panels to maximize natural daylight and views
  • Eliminated/minimized emission of compound that contribute to the ozone depletion and gloval climate change

Materials & Resources

  • 84% of building materials were extracted, processed, and manufactured regionally
  • Diverted 91% of construction wastes from landfill
  • 43% of new construction materials utilize recycled content
  • Comprehensive university recycling program

Indoor Environmental Air Quality

  • Dedicated outdoor air system monitors temperature and adjusts intake and exhaust rates accordingly
  • Implemented an Indoor Environmental Air Quality Plan during construction to promote worker health and safety
  • Individual lighting and thermal comfort controls allow users to make adjustments for optimal comfort
  • Low-VOC flooring, paints, adhesives, coatings, and sealants

Innovation In Design

  • High efficiency LED light fixtures
  • Green Housekeeping Program
  • Active green building public education programs




Green Building Brochure

LEED Project Scorecard

Solar Dashboard

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Champions Center Solar Dashboard

Photo Gallery

Northeast Exterior View

Northwest Exterior View

Basketball Practice Court

Practice court

Basketball Practice Court

Weight Training Area

Player's Lounge

Sports Medicine Room

Second Floor Corridor

VIP Lounge

Southeast Exterior View

Images 1-10 courtesy of JCJ Architecture. Image 11 by Daniel Malone, courtesy of MassLive.


New Athletics Facilities



Groundbreaking Ceremonies of UMass Football Performance Center and Basketball Champions Center



Updates On the New Champions Center Gym



UMass Champions Center Construction Update - February 2015



UMass Champions Center



Champions Center Tour - 2/8/2016




New UMass Basketball Facility Scores High in Sustainability and Support
Duo-Gard - 5/31/2016

Take a Tour of the UMass Basketball Champions Center Practice Facility
MassLive - 2/5/2016

University Christens New Practice Facility in Honor of Long-Time Supporter John F. Kennedy after $11 Million Donation
MassLive - 11/11/2014

UMass Basketball Champions Center Construction To Begin In Early August
UMass Women’s Basketball - 7/29/2013

John Francis Kennedy Champions Center
UMass Facilities

Champions Center at UMass Amherst

Champions Center to Enhance Support for Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 10/21/2014 (Publication link unavailable)

Champions Center on Track for June 2015 Opening
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 10/14/2014 (Publication link unavailable)

Ground Broken for New Football, Basketball Training Facilities
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 4/23/2013 (Publication link unavailable)


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