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March 4, 2024

UW underway on new $60M basketball training facility

Renderings by Gensler [enlarge]
Gensler designed the 40,000-square-foot facility.

The University of Washington is gearing up to start construction on a new 40,000-square-foot home for its men's and women's basketball programs. The two-story facility will replace the existing Pavilion Pool building at the university's East Campus in Seattle.

Mortenson is the general contractor. Construction site fencing is expected to go up today and selective demolition to begin Friday. Demolition of the pool building is slated to start in May. Ground should be broken on the new building in June.

The new facility will rise adjacent to the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, which is where the men's and women's basketball teams play, and to the Graves Annex strength and conditioning space, which will be located to one side of the new building.

Viewing areas will overlook the facility’s two courts.

The UW expects to open the Intercollegiate Athletics Basketball Training Facility in autumn quarter 2025. The building should be completed in August 2025.

Design work began in October 2021 and wrapped last month. Gensler is the architect. The training complex will house two 9,800-square-foot practice courts. The courts will be dedicated to the men's and women's basketball programs for exclusive use and 24/7 access.

The facility will also include viewing and gathering opportunities for each program, as well as a prominent conference room to facilitate meetings with new team recruits and their families.

Gensler's design includes an interior circulation path that promotes equal program visibility and access for the occupant/visitor experience. There will also be a statement entry and lobby, restrooms and building support spaces including dedicated equipment storage facilities.

Additionally, the facility will provide new internal connections between the floor level of the adjacent Alaska Airlines Arena and the Graves Annex, which is the main training facility for student athletes.

Site improvement work includes ADA enhancements, a student gathering plaza, new landscaping, lighting, consolidated parking and improved external circulation to better serve game-day crowds.

The approximate total cost of the project is $59.6 million. It is fully donor funded. This includes $1 million from former Husky basketball players.

Earlier plans were for a three-story, approximately 55,000-square-foot facility. That building would have included a new health and human performance center in addition to the basketball facilities.

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