A Hard Hat Tour of Memphis Basketball's New State-of-the-Art Practice Facility
By Mark Giannotto, USA TODAY Network – Tennessee
There are no doors affixed to the new Memphis men’s basketball practice facility and most of the walls are still missing. The pillars and rotunda resembling classic Southern architecture that greet visitors are visible from Getwell Road. But the roof is not quite done, and the bronze Tiger statue in front is nowhere to be found yet.
With almost 18 months of construction in the books, and about five more to go if everything goes as planned, this $21 million endeavor remains a work in progress. What will eventually be a 62,000-square-foot structure on the university’s south campus is currently a skeleton of metal framing, concrete, sawdust and mud.
But during an exclusive hard hat tour given to The Commercial Appeal Thursday morning, there was enough in place for Steven Bauer to show off some of the luxuries he hopes will make the building a “home away from home” for the Memphis men’s basketball program starting in October.
“I think we put everything in here you’re ever going to need,” said Bauer, the vice president of construction services for Nations Group, the Arizona-based developer overseeing this project. “This is going to be the standard. This is something the whole city should be proud of.”
State University, Northridge (CSUN) has hired Nations Group, a Scottsdale,
Ariz.-based firm, as its owner’s representative for a planned Multi-purpose
Event Center and Athletics Training Facility.
The project is slated to include a 10,000-seat arena encompassing arena space, hospitality and meeting
rooms, enhanced seating options, and food and beverage facilities. The
Athletics Training Facility is planned to feature Athletics administrative offices, a
student-athlete academic center, training rooms, athletic training space for
all of CSUN’S 19 Division I sports, and practice courts for the Men’s and
Women’s Basketball and Volleyball programs. The project is currently in the
owner’s representative, Nations Group is responsible for strategic planning, partnership
development, and program and project design assessment and recommendations.
CSUN is one
of the largest universities in the country, with nearly 40,000 students. The
CSUN Athletic Department empowers more than 350 student-athletes and staff to
achieve comprehensive excellence both on and off the field through a diverse
and inclusive educational experience.
Great Hearts Academies Newest Phoenix Campus on Track for Completion
ARIZ. (February 10, 2017) –Nations Group and Great Hearts
Academies are proud to announce that the newest Great Hearts campus in North
Phoenix is on track for completion in June.
Nations Group, Great Hearts’
owner’s representative for the project, announced this week that utility work has
been completed, the gym masonry is nearing completion and significant progress
has been made on the Preparatory building, Archway building and Administration
The campus, located at the
northwest corner of 32nd Street and Hearn Road in Phoenix, is Great Hearts’ 14th
and will join the current roster of 23 schools in the metro-Phoenix area. The
project consists of four buildings totaling approximately 94,000 square feet,
organized around two central courtyards designed for the purpose of creating an
outdoor forum for students, parents and teachers to interact, learn, play and
perform. Great Hearts Archway Classical will serve K-6 students, while Great
Hearts Preparatory will serve grades 7-12.
classroom and administration buildings will be two stories, with a multipurpose
room in the Archway Classical Academy building, a centralized library/computer
classroom in the Administration building, and a separate gymnasium building that
will include an additional multipurpose/drama room and locker room facilities.
The campus will also feature a lighted sports field and ample parking.
Construction Begins on University of Memphis Basketball Training Facility
Memphis, TN (July 19, 2016) – Nations Group is proud to announce that construction has started on the new University of Memphis basketball training facility.
Acting as the University's representative, Nations Group is working with Linkous Construction of Memphis, TN as the contractor; Looney Ricks Kiss, also of Memphis, as the architect; and AECOM of Kansas City, MO, as the sports design architect.
At approximately 59,000 square feet, the project includes basketball operations space, a Hall of Fame, a sports medicine area, academic spaces and a performance center.
The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to be completed on September 1, 2017.
To see additional details, photos and a video rendering of the project, click here.
Nations Group, a leading owner’s representation firm for collegiate, commercial and municipal facilities projects, has been hired by Southern Utah University to evaluate SUU’s planned stadium expansion and training facilities.
“We’re excited about the potential of this project and the positive impact a facilities upgrade could have on the university athletics program,” said Chris Nations, president of Nations Group. “Eccles Coliseum hasn’t undergone a significant renovation since 1997. It’s time to look at what makes sense for Thunderbird Athletics and for SUU.”
As the owner’s representative, the Nations Group team has been working with SUU’s Athletics department and University CFO to examine project costs, provide viable financial solutions and options, and create project schedules and timelines.