After more than a decade of planning and fundraising, the Huskies received approval from the Washington Board of Regents to build a $60.5 million project highlighted by a long-awaited basketball-only training facility.
The 60,000-70,000-square-foot Basketball Training & Operations Facility will be built adjacent to Alaska Airlines Arena on the site of the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Pool. The basketball training facility will feature state-of-the-art practice courts, locker rooms, recruiting/player lounges, film rooms and a redesigned entrance celebrating both Husky basketball programs.
The Huskies are also renovating the Health & High Performance Center, a 14,000 square foot weight room located inside the Graves Annex Building.
Construction is set to begin in 2021 and completed in 2023.
“We are ecstatic for the news to move forward with our plans for our new basketball operations facility,” UW women’s basketball coach Jody Wynn said in a statement. “It will be a tremendous place for the development of our young women with access to their own basketball training court, and improved performance and nutrition center.”
The project will be funded entirely by donations to the UW athletic department and Husky AD Jen Cohen said the school has received $53 million in private donations.
“We couldn’t be more excited to move forward with the plans for these facilities,” Cohen said. “The Health and High Performance Center will support the development, health and well-being of our students now and for years to come, which is central to our mission.
“The Basketball Training and Operations Facility will provide our teams with much needed practice and community spaces, and is an important investment for the future success of both programs.”
Washington becomes the seventh Pac-12 school to build a training facility dedicated towards the basketball programs in the past 11 years. The others include Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah.
Most recently, UCLA opened the $35-million Mo Ostin Basketball Center in 2017 and Utah unveiled the $36-million Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility in 2015.
“This is an exciting development for the growth of our basketball program,” UW men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins said. “Once finished, it’s going to immediately benefit our student-athletes and provide them with additional support and resources while they are Huskies. We’re very thankful for those who believe in what we are doing and are helping us continue to grow.”