Northwestern University in Illinois, US, has unveiled a plan to build an athletic and recreational complex designed by architectural firm Populous at a cost of around $220m.
The new complex will feature a multipurpose indoor practice facility with seating capacity for 2,500 people, indoor practice and a competition venue for intercollegiate sports and space for recreation, club sports and intramurals.
Plans also include the creation of 1,200 parking spaces on the north end of its main Evanston campus, renovation of the existing Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center and Henry Crown Sports Pavilion to include new practice, training and competition venues for the university’s varsity sports.
The new complex will also feature a diving well that will be adjacent to the existing swimming pools, locker rooms, fitness and weight rooms, sports medicine facilities, meeting rooms and offices.
Northwestern University director of athletics and recreation Jim Phillips said, "Populous’ plan will provide state-of-the-art practice, training and competition facilities for our varsity sports that will have a transformational effect on the entire Northwestern community."
Upon completion of the construction, all of the university’s football programmes will be consolidated on the main campus, rather than at Ryan Field, which will continue to be where games are played.
The university is currently replacing two parking lots in the central part of the Evanston campus with a two-acre green space.
The new Mid-Campus Green will be situated south of Silverman Hall and west of the Allen Center featuring a lawn area, landscaping and pedestrian walkways.
Image: The athletic and recreational complex will feature a multipurpose indoor practice facility. Photo: Northwestern University.