As a next step forward, University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) announced today it has secured Gensler and Mortenson as the architect and builder, respectively, to design and construct the Basketball Training & Operations Facility and Health & High Performance Center. The project, which has already received approval from the University of Washington Board of Regents, is expected to open in 2024. The new facility will be funded entirely by donations to ICA, and to date, the department has secured $53 million in commitments.
“Selecting the architect and builder for our project is an incredibly exciting next step,” said Jennifer Cohen, Director of Athletics. “We can’t wait to partner with Mortenson and Gensler to watch this new facility, which will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience for future Huskies, come to life.”
The Basketball Training & Operations Facility and Health & High Performance Center will be located on the current site of the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Pool. The facility will feature state-of-the-art practice courts, locker rooms, recruiting/player lounges, film rooms and a new front porch to celebrate the history and significance of both programs. Connected to the facility will be an enhanced performance center.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting time of transformation for UW Athletics – one that will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the greater campus and community,” said Kristin Jensen, Co-Managing Director for Gensler Seattle. “We believe this project has the opportunity to enhance and influence the experiences and outcomes of future UW student-athletes, championship teams, and coaches for years to come, and we’re excited to partner with the UW team to bring the vision to life.”
“Working with the University and Gensler in this integrated approach embodies the spirit of collegiate athletics, where groups of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds and skillsets come together to push the limits of what is possible,” said Tamara Hartner, Mortenson Design Phase Executive. We at Mortenson are excited to take part in creating yet another state-of-the-art training facility for our UW athletes.”
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 49 locations across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler is organized to support clients at every stage of the design cycle, from initial strategy and design planning through implementation and management, and its designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful. Unique among design firms, Gensler’s integrated network serves a cross-section of the global economy through the following practice areas: Work, Lifestyle, Community, and Health.
Mortenson is a U.S.-based, top-20 builder, developer, and engineering services provider serving the commercial, institutional, and energy sectors. Founded in 1954, Mortenson has operations across the U.S. with offices in Chicago, Denver, Fargo, Iowa City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Established in Seattle in 1982, Mortenson is a local leader in higher education, healthcare, hospitality, commercial office, multi-family residential, municipal, and aviation markets. Notable projects include the Climate Pledge Arena, Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, citizenM Hotel in South Lake Union, Elliott Bay Seawall, and the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.