UH Guy V. Lewis Basketball Development Center
Walter P Moore is providing structural, civil and traffic engineering services for a new basketball practice facility for the Men’s and Women’s basketball programs at the
University of Houston. The 55,000 square foot facility wraps the east and south sides of historic Hofheinz Pavilion and provides direct access into the existing arena through a new, internal corridor.
The state-of-the-art, “basketball laboratory” features one full and one half court at both the north and west ends, and a three-story, connecting structure at the southeast corner. This centrally-located support space provides a spacious, three-story entry lobby, strength and conditioning equipment and sports medicine center with hydrotherapy equipment on the ground floor, player amenities such as locker rooms, player lounges and academic support spaces on the second floor, and coaches’ offices and conference rooms on the third floor. The top floor layout provides a direct view to the basketball courts from the offices and from an adjacent cantilevered viewing deck.
The facility has been designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate both the current needs of Hofheinz Pavilion and the potential needs of a new or renovated arena in the future. The façade features both brick elements and large expanses of glass for the central structure, and a basketball-themed metal panel system for the practice court enclosure.