Regents Approve Athletics South Competition and Performance Project

Sept. 18, 2014

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved Thursday (Sept. 18) the Athletics South Competition and Performance Project, to be located along South State Street on the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus. This project addresses needs identified at the launch of the Athletic Department's $355 million Victors for Michigan campaign last fall.

"We are grateful for the support that our Regents and University leadership have continued to provide as we execute our transformational facilities plan for Michigan Athletics," said Dave Brandon, U-M's Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "This phase of the plan will complete several of our largest projects that will have a major impact on the future of Michigan Athletics. We are providing state-of-the-art facilities for all of our student-athletes to meet, train, compete and develop as students, athletes and community leaders. We are extremely appreciative of the donor support that has already been committed during this capital campaign and has enabled these projects to move forward."

The Athletics South Competition and Performance Project will serve the training and competition needs of nearly two-thirds of the total number of student-athletes. The project will construct approximately 310,000 gross square feet of space that will be the future home for men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and women's rowing.

A performance and team center will provide specialized spaces for each team and shared resources for all teams for strength and conditioning, athletic medicine, a performance lab, meeting space and locker rooms. It also will allow Michigan Athletics to consolidate various team facilities now dispersed across the athletic campus. An indoor rowing tank will be built for the first time. New indoor and outdoor track and field facilities that will have permanent seating for 2,000 and 1,000 spectators, respectively, will allow U-M to again host home track meets as well as regional and national competitions. A 3,000-seat lacrosse stadium will create a home for the University's newest varsity programs, in a sport that is one of the fastest-growing in the nation.

The project, made possible by the purchase of property adjacent to existing U-M facilities, has an estimated cost of $168 million. Funding will be provided entirely by Michigan Athletics donor resources and gifts, including a $100 million gift from Stephen M. Ross. The Regents also approved the architectural firm of TMP Architecture Inc. for design of the project.

Michigan will seek at a minimum a silver LEED-certification, and the facilities will be built to energy standards 30 percent better than the current state of Michigan building code requirements.

In addition, the facilities will be available to students who participate in the university's recreational sports programs.

The athletic department will return to the Regents to seek approval on schematic design and for approval of the construction schedule.

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