CARMELLO ANTHONY BASKETBALL CENTER

Location:  Syracuse, NY

Completed:  September 2009

Program:  Basketball Training Facility

Construction Type:  New Construction/Addition

Collaborators:  Skidmore, Owings & Merril LLP

Sustainability:  LEED Certified

The Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center is designed as a focused learning center that will both attract and retain top athletes in the competitive world of NCAA Division 1 athletics. The 57,925-square-foot building includes two NCAA regulation-size basketball courts, strength and conditioning rooms, hydrotherapy pools, classroom space, a video room, offices for coaching staff, and locker-room facilities for the men’s and women’s teams. The Center is the first step in realizing a greater master plan to reorganize and revitalize the entire Lampe Athletic Complex. The organizational intent of the facility is to provide efficiency, focus the athletes on their practice, and showcase the Syracuse University Basketball Program.

The focal point of the project is the double-height practice area located at the center of the building and enclosed by translucent panels.  Support spaces and coaching offices have been closely arranged around this space providing constant access and views to the courts. A state-of-the-art fitness center and training area with physical therapy suites underline the importance of preventive practice.  On the second floor, classroom space for game preparation and offices are organized along a common corridor. Offices for the coaching staff are located against a glass wall overlooking the practice courts. A central video coordination room for tape review and video production is located on this level.

The building is designed to LEED standards, using 30-percent less water and almost 20-percent less energy than a typical new-construction practice facility.  More than 75-percent of the demolition and construction waste was recycled or reused. More than 20-percent of the new materials contained recycled content, and 20-percent of the new materials were extracted and manufactured within a 500 mile radius of Syracuse.