Center for Sport Sciences
College Announces Plans for 'Total Sport Facility Like No Other' at the NCAA Division III Level
The College’s new Center for Sport Sciences promises to make an immediate impact upon four of the institution’s major areas: academics, athletics, recreation and community outreach. The 36,000 square-foot facility will not only be home to WC’s nationally prominent athletic training program, but will accommodate training for essentially all of the College’s 21 sports teams, in addition to giving students additional options for recreational activities.
Furthermore, the Center will host a one-stop shop for the area’s sports medicine needs as world class orthopedic, physical therapy and hospital imaging services will all be under one roof and available to the campus and greater community. Also, these will provide athletic training majors with access to multiple on-campus clinical sites for additional hands-on learning.
The 3,000 square-foot, athletic training facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and labs — and provide space for this marque program to grow. The facility, located within easy access of WC’s contiguous sports venues, will offer such amenities as two in-ground hydrotherapy pools, electrical muscle stimulators, and cryo-compression and ultrasound units.
The Center’s 17,400 square-foot sport training facility will provide for an all-indoor, artificial turf playing surface, batting cages, three-lane sprint track, pole vault pit, long jump zone, and cutting edge weight and strength training area. The complex will open to an outdoor, lighted training field with an artificial turf surface for multiple sports and intramurals.
The current plan calls for construction to begin on the new facility in early 2014 with an expected opening in time for the January ’15 spring semester.
Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration, said the Center for Sport Sciences will be “a total sport facility like no other” at the NCAA Division III level.
“The Center will directly impact well over half of our student body as they engage in their academic, athletic and recreational pursuits, and will be an especially appealing attraction for prospective students. It will provide a ‘hands-on’ facility for student-athletes and athletic training students to develop their skills in their quest for excellence. Also, having such strong College partners as these sports medicine-related businesses involved is value added to an outstanding facility.”
Site Plan (above)
Building Plan (above)
Exterior Front (above)
Exterior and field (above)
Interior Field (above)
Athletic Training Facility (above)
Architectural Renderings by MSA Sport
(designs are potentially subject to change)