VOLUME 16 #3

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Architects assess athletics facilities

SPORTS | The highly respected global sports architecture firm HOK Sport is conducting a thorough assessment of athletics and recreation facilities at the University. The goal is to provide UD with solutions to short- and long-term needs of both recreation services, including club and intramural sports, and intercollegiate athletics.

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Representatives of HOK Sport are working closely with coaches, the athletics/recreation department and the University’s Facilities Planning group to develop a plan to guide possible new construction and renovation of facilities and fields, to provide an architectural vision and to develop a schedule for athletic facility programming project prioritization. The plan will be tied to a strategic plan being developed for intercollegiate athletics and recreation as part of the University’s overall Path to Prominence™ initiative.

“The University of Delaware has a long, proud tradition of excellence in intercollegiate athletics and in recreation services, and it is important that we take steps now to prepare for the future in order to remain in the vanguard,” says UD President Patrick Harker .

The first phase of the plan will include a facility assessment and will concentrate on three key priority areas—an academic support area, an expansion of the weight training facilities and a sports medicine clinic, all for the direct benefit of student-athletes. The second phase will provide detailed information on future facility needs and a master plan to serve as a roadmap for the University as it moves forward.

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