New Athletic Facilities Will Serve as Resources for Students and Athletes Alike
SEATTLE, WA The new Athletics & Aquatics Center at the University of Puget Sound is a $17.5 million design/build project to expand and enhance the athletic facilities within the Memorial Fieldhouse and will include the construction of a new aquatics center. AHBL will be providing engineering services throughout the construction process. In total, 39,000 square feet will be added to the facility in addition to renovations to existing competition, practice, and instructional space to support athletics, recreation and fitness for the entire campus community.
The new aquatics center will include a 25-yard pool with eight competition-width lanes and three warm-up lanes, replacing the current Wallace Memorial Pool built in 1957. This facility will be connected to the Memorial Fieldhouse by a modern great hall. This reception area will include a hall of fame and video showcase, cafÃ© and patron amenities.
The fitness center will nearly double in size to include additional cardio and weight equipment, locker rooms and a new climbing wall. Varsity teams will gain new meeting spaces, an enhanced sports medicine facility, and an athletics staff office suite.
The newly developed areas will be fully accessible with the addition of two new elevators and accessible and gender-neutral restrooms.
"The Athletics and Aquatics Center is an important asset for our residential liberal arts college community," said President Ronald R. Thomas. "Puget Sound is a place where students come from all over the country and around the world for a 24/7 living and learning experience. In addition to meeting the athletic and recreational needs of our campus community, the new facilities will serve as a resource for our programs in academic disciplines such as exercise science, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. As with all of our facilities, the Athletics and Aquatics Center will not only support the academic and curricular experience, but create new opportunities for student success."