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Clemson University recently completed a lakefront Women’s Sports Program Expansion project, a complex of facilities for the newly formed women’s gymnastics and lacrosse teams, as well as a first-of-its-kind Athlete Recovery Center.
Columbia-based architecture and interior design firm Garvin Design Group teamed with national sports architects HNTB to lead the design of this project, according to a news release.
Members of the Garvin Design Group and HNTB design teams take part in a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new facilities. (Photo/Provided by Garvin Design Group)
The design team joined Clemson University officials, coaches, student-athletes and construction manager Brasfield & Gorrie of Greenville for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project’s completion. The cost of the projects, including improvements to the nearby rowing complex, was $27.5 million, according to information provided by Garvin Design Group.
The expansion project includes a 24,000-square-foot gymnastics operations facility, a 9,000-square-foot lacrosse operations facility, and a lacrosse stadium with seating for 1,000 spectators. In addition, a new 10,000-square-foot Athlete Recovery Center provides amenities to all Clemson athletes. The project’s architectural and interior design support holistic athlete development and set a new standard for excellence in the student-athlete experience, the release said.
“The design of the Athlete Recovery Center not only prioritizes functionality but also provides all Clemson athletes with stunning views of Lake Hartwell,” Eric Maxwell, HNTB design principal, said in the release. “By carefully arranging these spaces to frame expansive vistas beyond the public beach access, the design team has created an environment that seamlessly blends innovation with the natural beauty of the surroundings — a testament to our dedication to elevating the athlete experience, fostering both physical and mental well-being in a uniquely inspiring setting.”
Hosted inside the ARC against the backdrop of the new lacrosse stadium and Lake Hartwell, the ribbon-cutting ceremony featured speeches from members of the lacrosse and gymnastics teams, coaching staff, Athletics Director Graham Neff, and university President Jim Clements.
“From the orientation of the buildings to the finest interior details, the quality of design and construction is a testament to Clemson Athletics’ commitment to athletics, especially women’s sports,” Liza Brockman, Garvin Design Group interior designer, said in the release. “Designing for these two historic women’s sports programs has been so meaningful for me, as a designer and as a Clemson alum.”