Feb. 22, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – A ceremonial groundbreaking to officially kick off the construction phase of K-State’s Basketball Training Facility project will be held Saturday morning prior to the Wildcats’ basketball double-header, athletics department officials announced today.
The public ceremony, featuring President Kirk Schulz, Athletics Director John Currie, basketball coaches Frank Martin and Deb Patterson, and lead contributors Rand and Patti Berney and Jim and Laura Johnson, will begin at approximately 9:05 a.m., on the east lawn of Bramlage Coliseum following a private program for donors to the project. Both events will be streamed live at k-statesports.com as part of the K-State All-Access platform beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Construction on the facility is expected to begin immediately after the home basketball season concludes in early March. Last week, the project bids were opened and K-State has accepted a construction bid from MW Builders, a national construction firm with offices in Manhattan and extensive experience in the state of Kansas, which is in the process of finalizing contracts with the State of Kansas.
“Our basketball programs have a proud heritage of success,” said Currie. “The Basketball Training Facility will dramatically improve our infrastructure and help ensure that we enhance our national intercollegiate athletics position in the future and provide a world-class student-athlete experience. We cannot express enough our appreciation to Wildcat fans nationwide for their participation and support of this critical project, as well as to President Schulz for recognizing the need and encouraging this important step.”
The approximate 50,000 square-foot facility, constructed in K-State limestone at a total cost of approximately $17.6 million, will be located on the east side of Bramlage Coliseum and provide both the men's and women's basketball programs an all-inclusive and efficient training facility. Thanks to the generosity of K-State donors and fans, the project will be entirely privately funded through contributions and athletics department revenue and no tax or tuition or general university dollars will be used.
The project, designed by the world-renowned sports architecture firm Populous of Kansas City, Mo., will provide K-State’s basketball programs with a private and consistent practice location when the facility is completed in about 14 months. The building will cover every daily facility need for Wildcat coaches and student-athletes and provide amenities such as two full-length practice courts, new coaching offices that overlook the practice courts, locker rooms for both programs, coaches and player lounges, meeting rooms, a sports medicine area with hydrotherapy facility, a state-of-the-art weight room and an atrium lobby with viewing deck.
Martin and Patterson both see this project as a major developmental resource for program and individual-player growth as well as a recruiting tool that will complement K-State's unparalleled gameday atmosphere, ideal college town and world-class University experience.
“Assisting our student-athletes with first-class facilities, along with the ability to maximize their growth is what the K-State experience is about,” said Martin. “This facility will allow our basketball program to continue to compete and solidify who we will be 20 years from now."
"I look forward to seeing the joy and pride in our players' eyes each day as they walk into a first-class facility comparable with those of our Big 12 peers," Patterson said. "What I am most thrilled about is that our players will have full-time access to an awesome and much needed multi-basket court and this facility will open a tremendous door of opportunity for individual-player and team development."
Pledges for the Basketball Training Facility are approaching the $14.5 million mark. Wildcat fans who wish to contribute may still make specific gifts for the project by visiting k-statesports.com/trainingfacility.
More details, including photos, a video tour and information on how to contribute, are available at www.k-statesports.com/trainingfacility. A live webcam of the construction of the facility will also be available throughout the process so stay tuned to k-statesports.com for more information.