Pioneering Excellence in Collegiate Facilities
true Sun Devil fashion, the men's basketball team continues to raise the bar for
excellence, on and off the court. Head Coach Rob Evans and his staff, recognizing
the importance of world-class facilities for their student-athletes, are excited
about the upcoming, state-of-the-art renovation of their locker room and administrative
offices. The vast improvements, currently in the final planning stages, are consistent
with the vision for an evolving, socially responsible, innovative urban university,
as championed by Dr. Michael Crow, President of ASU.
is poised to be the first university to usher in a new concept in collegiate athletic
facilities," says Crow. "Sustainability is not just about using recycled
materials, it's about conserving resources on every level."
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Designed by ASU graduates, Theresa
Camp Dorlini and Dawn
Leuzzi, of Acoustics.com's
Design Division, the new facilities combine environmentally friendly, "green"
design with the latest in innovative technology. The goal is to provide athletes
and coaches with a comfortable, user-friendly space specially designed for maximum
"Just as a team collaborates
on the court, our design emphasizes collaboration between innovation, functionality
environmental responsibility," says Leuzzi.
to Gene Smith, Executive Director of Athletics, "Once the athletes and coaches
experience the impending improvements, anything less will seem inadequate."
sensitive, technologically advanced facilities are starting to emerge in professional
organizations, such as the Detroit Lions, who moved into their "green"
headquarters in April of 2002, ASU's project is setting the standard for collegiate
facilities. This newly designed space will also contribute to the team's success
in the future, as potential recruits will appreciate the many modern conveniences,
sleek styling and comfortable furnishings.
order to ensure that our athletes are putting forth maximum productivity on the
court, we need to focus on their needs off the court as well," says Coach
Evans. "This extra attention is one of the factors that will set our program
apart from the rest."
of the most exciting elements of the new facility is the introduction of the X
Locker, a revolutionary personal storage system, created by Industrial
Stultz. The X Locker is the first of its kind with features including: Motorized
door with a silent motor, which helps create an acoustically friendly environment
Personal lockable drawer, ensuring two layers of security
ventilation system, which eliminates odor and moisture
facilitates a personalized touch screen combination, custom screen saver, computerized
communication from coaches and staff, upgradeable hardware/software,
the projects inception, ASU officials were confident that the renovated
space would live up to the high expectations of an elite athletic program and
reflect a commitment to sustainability. This effort is the first step towards
solidifying the ASU men's basketball complex as one of the premiere facilities
in the country. Every detail, from the flooring to the acoustic insulation, has
been carefully chosen to fit into the overall design concept. Some sustainable
features included in the design are:
Recycled/sustainable materials, such as fabrics, carpet and bamboo flooring
Energy efficient lighting with dimmable fixtures
space planning to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort
sized furniture/fixtures to meet the unique needs of basketball athletes
Recycled cotton acoustic insulation, an alternative to fiberglass (find out
more about this product at: www.acousticotton.com)
Low (to zero) VOC paints
Low-flow water fixtures
Sensor lights/smart lighting
feature of the improved ASU Men's Basketball facility is the acoustic environment
of the space. Acoustics and sustainable design are interconnected on a variety
of levels. Anyone who has been in a locker room knows that they are rarely considered
quiet spaces. Research proves that noise negatively impacts our ability to focus
and can even be detrimental to our health. Headaches, tinnitus, hearing loss and
digestive problems are just some of the health problems associated with excessive
noise exposure. In addition, common products used to address acoustic issues often
compromise the environmental integrity of a space. Camp and Leuzzi opted to use
(an alternative to fiberglass insulation), which is composed of 100% recycled
cotton. This product is safe for the installers and the end-users, and performs
just as well, if not better than traditional products. Once the improvements are
complete, players and coaches will notice the difference in the acoustics of the
locker room. Distractions due to noise will be reduced, helping the players focus
on the task at hand, rather than the slamming of locker doors and the echo of
staff and team are scheduled to move into their new facilities in Spring 2003.
While construction is underway, designers are collaborating with University officials
to encourage alumni, boosters and other ASU supporters to champion this monumental
effort. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of ASU history. For more
information on sponsorship, contact Stephanie Grinage, Associate Athletic
Director, at 480.727.7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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