Marquette University has released the preliminary design concepts of its planned world-class athletic performance research centre, which is part of a strategic partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks. The facility, which was first announced by MU President, Michael R. Lovell, in his Presidential Address in January, will support elite-level intercollegiate and professional athletics, academic research, and campus health and wellness initiatives.
President Lovell emphasised that the preliminary design concepts may change in scale, appearance and function as the university continues to define the scope of the project. In the coming months, the university will focus on developing more refined design concepts for the facility that complement the character of the existing campus and respect the urban context.
University leaders will work over the next several months to define the budget, scope and project timeline. The centre will be built on land the university recently acquired in the 800 block of West Michigan Street and funded through a combination of philanthropic gifts, corporate partnerships and research grants.
MU President, Lovell, said:
We have committed to doubling our research in the next five years and we aspire for the Center to become a destination where renowned scientists, athletic trainers and elite athletes will come together. This project is a great example of how carrying out Marquette’s educational mission can play a significant role in spurring economic development, and we believe it will transform an important corridor in our city.
The centre will provide locker rooms and office space for several athletic programs and combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s lacrosse and soccer programs. It will also feature an indoor track and a world-class athletic performance research facility.
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