May 22, 2014
UCLA Athletics Announces Plans for New Basketball Practice Facility
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced today a campaign to raise private funds for a comprehensive basketball practice facility to be located near Pauley Pavilion at the south end of the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The planned state-of-the-art facility would support the UCLA men's and women's basketball programs and contain both men's and women's practice gyms, locker rooms and a training area, among other ancillary spaces and amenities.
The project, estimated to cost between $30 and $40 million, will be funded by private donations. A feasibility study analyzed the site conditions, and the university has elected to move the project forward with a request for proposal to select an architect. The selected firm will work directly with Guerrero, men's head basketball coach Steve Alford, women's head basketball coach Cori Close, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the university to develop the size, layout and renderings of the proposed facility. As funding thresholds are achieved, project construction will begin.
"Some of the most iconic names in all of basketball have taken the court for UCLA over the years," said Guerrero. "We expect basketball's next generation of great names to also trace their legacy back to Westwood. This new basketball practice facility will help ensure that our future is every bit as spectacular as our past."
Designed to meet the requirements and intent of the University of California Regent's Policy on Sustainable Practices as it pertains to green building design and energy efficiency, the UCLA basketball practice facility will be required to achieve a LEED Gold rating.
The project and its corresponding campaign to raise private funds is another component of the more overarching $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign that was announced university-wide on May 16. With the UCLA Athletic Department looking to surpass its established goal of $260 million in funds raised by 2019, this project directly addresses its primary objective as it pertains to the Centennial Campaign: to create a financially sustainable future to build upon UCLA's standing as the premier intercollegiate athletics program in the nation.
For information or to invest in the project, please visit uclabasketballfacility.com.
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