The Luth Athletic Complex consists of a phased renovation and expansion of the Hart Athletic Center at the top of Mount Saint James on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross. The design completely transforms the original 1975 building, giving it a greater presence on campus and a renewed pride in the storied history of Holy Cross athletics.
Eight distinct implementation phases allowed the college to maintain use of the building throughout construction. The addition more than doubles the area of the original building, completely transforming the appearance and openness of the complex in its prominent location while providing a comprehensive complement of facilities, including strength and conditioning, sports medicine and practice venues, aimed at improving performance, increasing awareness, and supporting all of the Crusaders’ Division I programs.
The college’s primary goal for the project was to elevate facilities for all programs to help recruiting and improve development opportunities for student-athletes. The addition includes an indoor turf practice facility with a 60-foot-high ceiling, an auxiliary practice gymnasium, suites for basketball and administration offices, a dynamic strength and conditioning center, various meeting rooms, a new main entrance lobby and new locker rooms to ensure that all programs have dedicated team rooms. The renovation provides additional offices, a rowing studio, a sports medicine suite, expanded accommodations for equipment handling and a locker room for the women’s ice hockey program, which is also now competing in Division I.