Populous has been appointed to lead the design of the Chippewa Champions Center at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Central Michigan University with GMB.
Central Michigan University president George E Ross said: “From the start, the vision for the Chippewas Champions Center has been to construct a place where we, as One CMU, come together.
“Certainly, it will augment the game-day football experience, but it’s not just an athletics project. This will be in use 12 months of the year and be a hub for campus events.”
CMU associate vice president and director of athletics Michael Alford said Populous has a history of designing facilities that enhance the fan and student-athlete experience and stand the test of time.
The plan also includes meeting spaces, an alumni centre and offices accommodating the CMU Advancement team.
CMU vice president of advancement Robert Martin said: “The Chippewa Champions Center will be a first-class facility for students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans. This project is a partnership between all areas of the university family.”
It will be a new home for alumni to use year-round for meetings and events.
Martin added: “Imagine faculty, coaches and alumni sharing thoughts, ideas and perhaps a snack and beverage in this new centre. The Advancement Board, Alumni Board, Young Alumni Board, all college advisory boards and our premier business partners will be fired up to use the facility.”
The Chippewa Champions Center will replace the current locker room building in the north end zone of Kelly/Shorts Stadium. It will include a new football locker room, a rehabilitation centre and a nutrition centre for all 475 CMU student-athletes.
Alford said: “We’re in the early stages of fund-raising, and there is strong interest in this project. By working with architects, we can take goals and ideas, build a vision and see what excites our alumni and supporters. It’s an exciting project, and it shows the power of working with campus partners.”