University of Washington

UW approves $60 million project for new basketball facility, performance center

The University of Washington Board of Regents approved athletic development plans on Thursday to construct a Basketball Training & Performance Facility and Health and High Performance Center.

A new 60,000-70,000 square foot building will be constructed on the current site of the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Pool. The project will also consist of a 14,000 square foot renovation of the weight room and Husky Legend Center inside the Graves Annex Building.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 with completion slated for 2023. The projected budget is 60.5 million, and Thursday’s announcement marks the launch of the public phase of the campaign to raise funds for the facility. The venue will be entirely funded by donations to the athletic department.

“The Health and High Performance Center will support the development, health and well-being of our students now and for years to come, which is central to our mission,” athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a release. “The Basketball Training and Operations Facility will provide our teams with much needed practice and community spaces, and is an important investment for the future success of both programs.”

The university will now select a design builder and architect, with design plans to follow.

The basketball facility will feature practice courts, locker rooms, recruiting/player lounges, film rooms and a new front porch. The Health and High Performance Center will include strength and conditioning, nutrition and mental health awareness, athletic training and medical services for more than 500 student-athletes.

“This is an exciting development for the growth of our basketball program,” men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins said in a statement. “Once finished, it’s going to immediately benefit our student-athletes and provide them with additional support and resources while they are Huskies.”

Said women’s basketball coach Jody Wynn: “It will be a tremendous place for the development of our young women with access to their own basketball training court, and improved performance and nutrition center. The staff office space will allow us to meet all as one and host recruits, visitors and families. This will help us offer state-of-the-art facilities for our current and future Huskies.”

Lauren Kirschman is the UW Huskies beat writer for The News Tribune. She previously covered the Pittsburgh Steelers for A Pennsylvania native and a University of Pittsburgh graduate, she also covered college athletics for the Beaver County Times from 2012-2016.