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U. of Georgia football facility expansion provides three floors for high-performance training

Sports and Recreational Facilities

U. of Georgia football facility expansion provides three floors for high-performance training

More than 160,000 sf of training and support space created for 2021-2022 NCAA national champions.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | June 17, 2022
UGA Football Training Facility ext 1
Courtesy Radecic.

A major expansion of the University of Georgia’s football training facility has been completed. The project includes 136,300 sf of new space and 28,700 sf of renovated space in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall athletic headquarters building. The result is composed of three floors of high-performance training experiences for student-athletes and coaches. The modern, amenity-filled space, designed by HOK, will support the university’s efforts to continue to recruit and retain top talent.

The field level includes a new locker room with a central private player’s lounge, equipment room, plunge pool, and nutrition bar. A corridor between these spaces connects to an indoor football practice field and two adjacent outdoor fields. The corridor features rich wood tones, sleek metal details, and large-scale video displays highlighting UGA alumni who have played in the National Football League.

The corridor also connects to a uniform display room accessible by facial recognition technology. This room has black mirrored acrylic walls and faux leather vertical panels that slide to reveal UGA uniforms and athletic gear.

A new entry greets athletes and recruits with a prominent black and red trophy display. Upon entry, players are greeted with a central player-centric area that includes a dining space and demonstration kitchen, along with a player’s lounge offering comfortable seating, entertainment, and 360-degree views of key training amenities. These include a weight room, sports medicine facility with hydrotherapy and recovery spaces, an all-team auditorium, team meeting spaces, and views to the indoor field.

The double-height weight room features a dual-sided video board and a plyometric stair connecting to the field level. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the weight room overlook the outdoor training fields, which in combination with clerestory windows, flood the weight room with natural light.

The second-floor houses staff offices, conference rooms, player support offices, an expanded video suite, and a cardio mezzanine overlooking the weight room. A multipurpose lounge overlooking the indoor field provides a flexible space for entertaining athletes, recruits, and their families.

Building Team:

Owner and/or developer: University of Georgia Athletic Association
Design architect: HOK
Architect of record: HOK
MEP engineer: Johnson, Spellman & Associates (Mech/Plumbing) / Mathis Consulting Engineers (Electrical)
Structural engineer: KSi
General contractor/construction manager: DPR Construction (Design Build)

UGA football training facility weight room
Courtesy Christy Radecic.
UGA Facility training facility sports med int
Courtesy Christy Radecic.
UGA training facility player's lounge int
Courtesy Christy Radecic.
UGA Training facility hydrotherapy pools
Courtesy Christy Radecic. 
UGA training facility dining space
Courtesy Christy Radecic.

 

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