Loyola University Chicago New Athletic Center and Arena Reconstruction

Loyola University Chicago New Athletic Center and Arena Reconstruction
"I want to extend my most sincere thanks to you for making the new Gentile Arena such an amazing success. It could not have been done without everyone’s creativity, dedication to the project, care for Loyola, unique talents and skills, attention to detail, and teamwork. This was a special project from the start, and it took everyone pulling together to make it happen at breakneck speed. Loyola is truly fortunate to have such talented people to work with. Congratulations on another successful project, a spectacular facility, and a job well done. You should all be incredibly proud!"
- Kana Wibbenmeyer,
Associate Vice President Loyola University

Loyola University – Chicago, has made a commitment to rally its students and lake shore campus neighbors by rekindling the University’s rich basketball tradition. Two important steps in the strategic plan involve new facilities for the varsity athletic program and a reconstruction of the Gentile Center gymnasium. To lead the design process, the University turned to their trusted architects at SCB Design, who introduced their valuable client to SportsPLAN Studio, reuniting the team that had worked together at the University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University.

In the first phase, opened in March 2011, a dynamic three-story addition to the Gentile Center created a whole new image for the athletic program and provide a new strength and conditioning center, sports medicine facilities, locker rooms and Athletic Department offices.

Second phase improvements, completed in November 2011, reconfigured the arena seating bowl and created new concourses and special spectator amenities.


Feasibility Study
Master Planning
Design Consulting
Equipment Specifications
Operational Planning

Program Features

New Strength and Conditioning Center
New Sports Medicine Center
Recruiting Lounge and Trophy Room
Game Day Media Facilities
15 Locker Rooms
Equipment Management and Laundry
Athletic Department Offices
Meeting Rooms/Arena Suites
Arena Reconstruction
Project Architect: Joel Leider
Architect of Record: SCB Design
Project Cost: $30 Million
Owner Reference: Kana Wibbenmeyer
Completion Date: March 2011 - Phase 1
November 2011 - Phase 2
Loyola University Chicago New Athletic Center and Arena ReconstructionLoyola University Chicago New Athletic Center and Arena Reconstruction