HOUSTON – As the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continues its capital improvements in all sports programs, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades along with Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ron Hughey unveiled renderings of the new Basketball Development Facility on Tuesday.
Designed by DLR Group and Page, the new Development Facility will be located adjacent to Hofheinz Pavilion at the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Holman Street on the UH campus. Construction on the $25 million facility will begin this week and is expected to be completed by August 2015.
Austin Commercial will be the construction manager. Other trailers supporting the project have already been placed near Hofheinz Pavilion off Cullen Boulevard with fencing surrounding the site.
“We are committed to improving facilities in all our sports programs, and we are pleased to take this first step with our Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs,” Rhoades said. “With their own dedicated training space and the comforts of new team and academic rooms, our Men’s and Women’s Basketball student-athletes will continue to develop into outstanding competitors on the court and outstanding leaders in the classroom.”
“I am proud and grateful that our administration recognizes how important this is. UH Chancellor/President Dr. (Renu) Khator and Mack Rhoades have made a commitment to make our program better. When you are playing in a conference with the defending national champion and other tradition-rich programs, we need to have competitive advantages like this facility will provide,” Sampson said. “Teams become better from October to March. For players to get better, it has to be from March to October. We will have a place where our players can practice, workout, shoot, develop chemistry and improve their work ethics. They can do this, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with this facility.”
“I am really excited about the Development Facility, but I am more excited about the commitment and the confidence that Dr. Khator, our athletics administration and the entire student body have shown with us,” said Women’s Head Coach Ron Hughey, who enters his first season with the Cougars in 2014-15. “We want to show our student-athletes that we are willing to give them the best facility to develop their games and the best place for their home away from home. This opens endless possibilities with the recruits that we can bring in. This is the mecca of Chasing Greatness.”
The 53,000 square-foot facility will provide the environment that the Houston Men’s and Women’s Basketball student-athletes need to excel throughout the season in all areas. The first level will house a dedicated practice court for each team as well as sports performance and sports medicine areas, which will be used by both programs.
The second level will feature the teams’ areas, which include locker rooms and academic/film theaters. The team rooms contain spacious, modern lockers, multiple video screens for television and comfortable furniture. The third level will hold office space for both Men’s and Women’s Basketball coaching and support staffs.
This is not the first time that Houston Athletics has worked with DLR Group and Page. Those two companies teamed as the architects for Houston Football’s TDECU Stadium
Name: Houston Basketball Development Facility
Location: Corner of Cullen Boulevard and Holman Street on the UH campus
Cost: $25 million
Size: 52,923 square feet
Completion Date: August 2015
- Dedicated practice court for each program as well as sports performance and sports
medicine areas to be used by both programs on first level
- Team areas, including locker rooms and academic/film rooms on second level
- Office space for Men’s and Women’s Basketball coaching/support staffs on third level
Architects: DLR Group and Page
Construction Manager: Austin Commercial
ATHLETICS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
The Basketball Development Facility is the latest capital improvement by the Athletics Department during the last six years. TDECU Stadium, the new $120 million home of Houston Football, officially opened its doors in late August.
Cougar Field, home of Houston Baseball, saw a synthetic turf field installed for the 2014 season, while Houston Softball’s locker room recently was upgraded. The Houston Football practice fields were reconfigured with a new synthetic turf field prior to the 2013 training camp, and the Dave Williams Golf Academy was built next to the driving range at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.
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