University of Minnesota
2020 Award Recipient, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter
While growing a stable of elite gameday complexes, the University of Minnesota’s training facilities had slowly fallen behind other Big Ten Conference schools and national collegiate universities. As student-athletic programs grew, so too did the need for larger, modern development facilities and classrooms to provide the 700-student-athlete population a forward thinking approach to education with athletics. BWBR partnered with RDG to initially plan four phases of updated facilities. Those phased plans morphed into a single, built at once, state-of-the-art complex.
The Athletes Village upgrades development resources for the student-athlete population, which has more than doubled since the original facilities were built over 30 years ago. Indoor football and basketball practice facilities and offices are now located in two buildings, creating a focused home for the teams. An academic center with technology-enhanced study spaces and the introduction of a formal nutrition center support lifelong healthy living for the entire athletic department. A center for student leadership development as well as performance, the new Athletes Village is an integral addition into the University of Minnesota community.
Designed in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design.
Size: 387,000 sq. ft.
Components: Land O’Lakes Center for Excellence, designed for all student-athletes, with new academic center, nutrition center, unique academic leadership center, and options for open and private study spaces; Football Performance Center with indoor practice facility and student development center; Men’s and Women’s Basketball Development Center with 1.5 courts designated for each team; team film review rooms; hot and cold plunge hydrotherapy pools for both football and basketball treatment facilities
Roger “Lars” Larson
Sheldon Wolfe (retired)