Indiana UniversityBloomington, Ind.
Indiana University’s new practice facility provides an on-campus home for basketball student-athletes. The building’s site respects the fabric of existing iconic athletic structures, establishes a future pedestrian spine and provides an opportunity for the potential construction of a new Assembly Hall. Cook Hall was constructed immediately next to Assembly Hall, and the two are connected by an underground, court-level pedestrian passage. The new venue’s contemporary design looks to the future while complementing the architecture of adjacent athletic facilities.
A showcase of past championships, Cook Hall also serves to attract and inspire top talent. Visitors enter through Legacy Court, a hall of interactive displays and tributes, including an illuminated two-story tower highlighting the Hoosiers’ five national basketball championship trophies. Each team suite includes a lounge, a study room, film viewing theaters and dressing and grooming areas. Teams also have full-court practice facilities. Coaches’ and staff offices, conference rooms and video editing/management facilities are on the top level. Other facilities include a strength-and-conditioning facility and a sports medicine center featuring a full complement of training and rehabilitation amenities.
Large environmental graphics throughout the building display IU’s brand and deep history in an economical manner. High-impact areas such as the entry lobby and locker rooms feature upgraded finishes. Clerestory windows provide the practice courts with natural daylighting.
Project DetailsArchitect: Populous; Kansas City, Mo.
Construction Cost: $16.5 million
Square Feet: 67,000
Occupancy: April 2010
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.
Floor Covers: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Hydrotherapy Tanks: HydroWorx International Inc.