Project Category : Health & Wellness
Total Construction Cost : $16,000,000
Total Gross Square Feet : 47,000
Approximate Cost Per Square Foot : $340.00
How was the facility funded? : University funds
At Marquette University, there was a need to reevaluate and master plan how Athletic spaces were incorporated on campus. The primary outcome from our initial Master Plan studies in 2011 was the recommendation for a new centralized Athletic and Human Performance Research Center (AHPRC). The goal was to create a building that would immediately satisfy the most pressing Athletic needs but also flow seamlessly into future phases and additions. In 2016, we were hired to lead the design for this building. Driven by the innovative and research vision of Marquette’s new President Dr. Michael R. Lovell, the project team was challenged to develop a state-of-the-art performance and training center backed by applied research.
The AHPRC solved immediate needs of the Athletic Department. Marquette University’s Men’s and Women’s lacrosse programs lacked permanent team spaces despite increased program success. New locker rooms that double as team lounges were core components of the projects first phase in order to create a home for both programs. The locker room is no longer just a place to change and get ready; it is a welcoming place for the team to gather and bond off the field.
Marquette University emphasizes community and family throughout their campus and their new facility needed to reflect this idea. At the AHPRC, a two-story high, large, bright, all-sport Strength and Conditioning room serves as the training home for nearly all of Marquette’s Athletic programs. Full-height windows bring in natural light and provide a direct connection to the outside while showcasing the activity taking place inside. Finishes in the space were carefully selected to provide increase training flexibility while also reflecting the spirit and brand of Marquette and its student-athletes.