University of Notre Dame Center for Varsity Athletics

University of Notre Dame Center for Varsity Athletics
Our personal experience with so many collegiate training facilities has been valuable to the University and to our design-build team. We are saving time and planning a superior building.
"Our Athletic Department is extremely comfortable and extremely impressed with Joel. He has done an outstanding job of analyzing our facility needs."
- Doug Schlagel,
Director of Construction and Quality Assurance, University of Notre Dame

"...until June of this year, Notre Dame was at a competitive disadvantage as far as facilities went. And this new facility, it doesn’t get any better..."
- Charlie Weis,
Head Football Coach University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame invited only four teams of construction and design professionals to compete for the chance to build a new Center for Varsity Athletics. The team of SportsPLAN Studio, McShane Construction and SCB Design worked nights and weekends for a month to prepare the winning design-build concept and business plan.

SportsPLAN Studio conducted a comparative survey of peer institutions, and we worked closely with the Athletic Department to establish and validate a program of space requirements. We designed the internal spaces to ensure operational efficiency for the athletic trainers, coaches, equipment managers and student athletes. Our weight room planning specialist worked with the strength coaches on equipment selection and planning.


Feasibility Study
Master Planning
Design Consulting
Equipment Specifications
Operational Planning

Program Features

96,000 Gross Square Feet of Space
25,000 SF Strength and Conditioning
8,000 SF Sports Medicine Center
Nutrition Center
Reception Hall and Media Center
Student/Athlete Lounge
7,000 SF Football Locker Room
Athletic Equipment Center
Ten Football Meeting Rooms
Football Staff Office Suite
Project Architect: Joel Leider
Architect of Record: SCB Design
Project Cost: $16 million
Owner Reference: Doug Marsh
Completion Date: 2005
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