Published on January 12th, 2016 | by UC&D Magazine
UC&D 2015 Outstanding Large Sports/Recreation Project
Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Center
Owner: The University of Utah
Architect: Populous Architects
Mechanical Engineer: Colvin Engineering
Civil Engineer: Psomas
Electrical Engineer: BNA Consulting
Structural Engineer: BHB Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Rydalch Electric
The University of Utah continues to push the envelope of excellence in its quest to be among the most competitive athletic programs in the Pac-12 Conference. The sparkling new $36 million dollar basketball facility is the latest testament to that commitment.
Utah Athletic Director Dr. Chris Hill praised the collaborative effort between his staff and the contractor, and said the building is exactly what the University was hoping for in both design and functionality.
The 100,000 SF center is located behind the Huntsman Arena and houses two gymnasia complete with locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, strength and conditioning, conference and office spaces, and an athletes lounge. Training facilities for all University sports programs other than football are located in the center.
Upon entering the facility, the design captures both recruits and athletes attention with a vaulted, three-story entry complete with custom logo treatments, dramatic lighting, and imagery depicting past Ute hardwood legends. Backlit graphics, grey tone wide panel wood floors, and steel details create texture and help define the interior