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Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center, Syracuse University
Syracuse University Basketball Training Center Building – design by SOM, Architects
6 Oct 2009
Syracuse University Building
SOM’S NEW CARMELO K. ANTHONY BASKETBALL TRAINING CENTER AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DEDICATED
Location: Syracuse University, New York, USA
Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Architects
Syracuse, NY – Today, at Syracuse University, the new Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center will be officially dedicated. The project was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and implemented by architect of record King + King Architects, LLP and construction manager Hayner Hoyt Corporation. Dr. Daryl Gross, Syracuse’s Director of Athletics, will host the event as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.
The building is named for Carmelo Anthony, who helped lead Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and now plays professionally for the Denver Nuggets, and who provided the lead donor gift. On September 24, Anthony participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and took the first official “shot” on the new practice courts. The Center is designed to support the university’s ability to recruit and train top athletes in the competitive world of NCAA Division 1 athletics.
Head Coach Jim Boeheim praised the new facility, saying “Syracuse now has the best basketball training facility in the NCAA. This new SOM-designed building provides the University with facilities that will help Syracuse recruit the best players in the country and help train our players to have a competitive advantage.”
The 54,000-square-foot building includes two NCAA regulation-size basketball training courts, a strength and conditioning room, an athletic training suite, offices for both coaching staffs, and complete locker-room facilities for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The Center is the first step in realizing SOM’s master plan to reorganize and revitalize the entire Lampe Athletic Complex. The organizational intent of the facility plan is to provide efficiency, focus the athletes on their practice, and showcase the Syracuse University Basketball Program.
Tucked into the landscape, which rises behind the building to a wooded high point, the Basketball Center features a translucent glass curtain-wall façade that encloses the entrance and will glow at night. By building into the steep hillside, the new athletic facility location makes use of a difficult site. This location also provides a highly-visible new address on Comstock Avenue, which underscores the importance of the Basketball program.
The building’s entrance doubles as the “Syracuse Basketball Hall of Fame” – a spacious and light-filled trophy hall for the SU Basketball Program. Lined with aluminum and glass trophy cases, large graphic banners, and projected displays, the space allows screened views into the practice courts.
The design team developed a material palette for the project with cost effectiveness and durability in mind, while maintaining a sense of clean, modern design. The Basketball Center houses cutting-edge training facilities and the provision of two full-size practice courts that distinguish this building as a top basketball training center in the NCAA and in the country.
On the second floor, meeting rooms and offices are organized along a common corridor. Offices for the coaching departments are located against a glass wall overlooking the practice courts. Locker rooms for both the male and female coaches are on this level as well.
Roger Duffy, SOM’s Design Partner for this project, called the building “a living chalkboard, where players can learn and focus, coaches can critique and the game can be improved and perfected.” Kirk Narburgh, partner at King + King, noted that “the design and construction of this magnificent project was a tremendous team effort and we are all proud of the facility that we have before us today.”
Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center information from SOM 061009
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