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Regents approve design for football practice facility

The schematic design for a new indoor football practice facility was approved July 19 by the Board of Regents. The new football building will be built adjacent to Schembechler Hall along State Street just south of Yost Ice Arena.
(Photo courtesy Jickling Lyman Powell Associates)

"We have been working on this project for 12 years and it has taken a great team effort to bring it to this stage," says Lloyd Carr, head football coach. "It is, in my judgment, a critical and vital building that will ensure the preparation of Michigan Football teams of the future in a safe environment."

The design of the new facility is planned to reflect its historic neighbors, Yost Ice Arena and the Intramural Building. "Exterior materials have been chosen to be sensitive to and suggestive of Yost in both texture and color of materials used with the exterior wall being the dominant visual element," says Robert Powell of Jickling Lyman Powell Associates, the design architects.

"The main design objective was for the interior to be as close as possible to being an outdoor practice field. Large translucent glazing panels in the north and south send walls and in the masonry openings in the east and west walls provide diffused natural light while maintaining the requested visual privacy," Powell says.

The building, approximately 104,000 gross square feet and to be built on an existing outdoor practice field, is expected to include a full-size football field, lobby, restrooms and storage space. Approximately 3,000 gross square feet of space in Schembechler Hall will be renovated as part of the project.

Athletics resources and gifts will fund the $26.1 million project budget. "Many individuals have made significant contributions and I am indebted and thankful for their generous support," Carr says.

Once the new building is completed in the Fall 2009, Oosterbaan Field House, the current indoor football practice facility, will be used for practice by other varsity intercollegiate athletic teams as well as additional intramural events. In addition, 20 new parking spaces will be created.

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