Jacksonville University (JU) in Florida has appointed Balfour Beatty to construct its new Basketball Performance Center, which will be home to the institution’s men’s and women’s basketball programme and day-to-day operations.

The building will be a two-storey, 26,000-square-foot practice facility that comprises coaching staff offices, weight room, training room, and a full court-and-a-half of playing surface. The new building will also offer 24-hour gym access for coaches, a rare amenity in collegiate athletics. The structure was designed by Quinn Evans Architects.

Alex Ricker-Gilbert, athletic director at JU, said: “This project has been a top priority for our university and athletics department for several years. Facilities can set programmes apart from their peers, and in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, the landscape is increasingly competitive.

“The Basketball Performance Center will provide a new home for our student-athletes, enhance our ability to recruit quality individuals, and will allow them to be better prepared academically and athletically. This is a major component of a larger-scale plan to chart our successful future in men’s and women’s basketball.”

Scott Skidelsky, Balfour Beatty president in Florida, added: “We are honoured to be Jacksonville University’s construction partner in delivering a new fully functional performance centre. The new facility will give players, coaches and recruits a place to call home and boost morale for everyone connected to athletics at the university.

“As a new client for our team, we look forward to showcasing our expertise in the delivery of higher education construction projects in Florida and working with JU to achieve their goal in fostering a relationship-driven, student-athlete centred, culture of development for academic, athletic and social growth.”

Date published: 20 October 2020

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