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March 18, 2015
After several years of fundraising, the University of Puget Sound will finally start construction this summer on the $19.4 million Athletics & Aquatics Center at its north Tacoma campus.
To create the new center, UPS will upgrade and expand the 1949 Memorial Fieldhouse and build an aquatics center on the west side. The additional 38,000 square feet of space will be on the south and west, and replace part of a parking lot. About 24,000 square feet in the fieldhouse will be renovated.
The aquatics center will have a 25-yard pool with eight competition-width lanes and three warm-up lanes for instruction, rehabilitation and therapy. Seating will be provided for nearly 400 spectators.
A modern great hall, with an entrance on North 11th Street, will connect the aquatics center to the fieldhouse. This reception area will have a Loggers Hall of Fame and video showcase, a juice bar/cafe and patron amenities.
The fitness center will nearly double in size, with additional cardio and weight equipment, day-use locker rooms and a new climbing wall. It will occupy space in the fieldhouse and in the addition.
There will also be new varsity team meeting rooms, a rowing room, an enhanced sports medicine facility and offices for coaches.
The new and renovated space will also be used by the school's exercise science, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs, which provide health services to 300 local residents each year.
Construction should be complete by fall 2016.
Washington Patriot Construction and Upper90 Architecture are leading the design-build team. Others are AHBL, civil and structural engineer; BCE Engineers, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical engineering; and Counsilman-Hunsaker, pool designer.