NAU Athletics Enters Feasibility Study with Nations Group for Facility Enhancements

NAU Athletics Enters Feasibility Study with Nations Group for Facility Enhancements

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Lumberjack Athletics to assess facility needs to improve overall experience

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (August 24, 2018) - Northern Arizona University Athletics has entered into a partnership with the Nations Group for a feasibility study in order to assess the needs and potential for upgrades to facilities in athletics.

In looking toward the future, the NAU athletic department is examining facility improvements that would provide greatly improved training, treatment, recovery, meeting and academic space centered on the student-athlete.

"What we know is that our athletic program has fallen behind on the facility front," NAU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow said. "What we will learn from this study is the feasibility of addressing our facility needs in a way that can benefit our student-athletes, the NAU student body, the College of Health and Human Services and our community."

Nations Group is a professional services company that takes a holistic approach to project development and program management. The organization provides comprehensive services for complex facility development projects, from concept to completion.

"I am excited that a feasibility study is being conducted," NAU Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Michael Smith said. "To continue to compete at the highest level, we need to invest in facilities. A high performance center would benefit all 358 student-athletes and provide the training and recovery space we need to continue to pursue conference and national championships."

Past projects Nations Group has completed include the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium and Gossett Football Team House, University of Minnesota's Gophers Athletic Village and the University of Memphis Basketball Training Center.

"I look forward to seeing the results of the feasibility study," NAU women's basketball head coach Loree Payne said. "Such a building would improve our program brand, give all of our programs recruiting advantages and allow us to compete at the highest possible level in the Big Sky Conference."

Nations Group Secures Second Cal State School Contract

Nations Group Secures Second Cal State School Contract

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California State University, Long Beach has retained Nations Group for pre-development and project management services related to its iconic Blair Field baseball stadium.

Nations Group will work in conjunction with the CSULB team to evaluate the feasibility of facility improvements, including financial feasibility, project program and scope development, cost estimates, plan check and permitting, entitlement and the bid process. In addition, Nations Group will examine venue operating costs and models, and assess and recommend various construction delivery methods for potential renovations and upgrades.

Blair Field, home of the Long Beach State 49ers baseball team (aka, the "Dirtbags"), was built in 1958, underwent a significant renovation in 1992, and has had various improvements since then. Last year, new box seats and a custom-designed scoreboard were added. From 2010 through 2017, more active Major League professional ballplayers are alumni of Long Beach State than any other school, and Blair Field continues to be recognized as one of America's best amateur baseball facilities.

Construction Nearing Completion for Memphis Tigers New Basketball Practice Facility

Construction Nearing Completion for Memphis Tigers New Basketball Practice Facility

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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.”

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California State University (CSUN) Hires Nations Group as Owner's Representative

California State University (CSUN) Hires Nations Group as Owner's Representative

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California 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 pre-development phase.

As 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

Great Hearts Academies Newest Phoenix Campus on Track for Completion

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SCOTTSDALE, 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 building.

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. 

The 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.