The phased expansion of the Hart Athletic Center at the top of Mount Saint James on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross will be fully occupied by the end of 2017. Eight distinct implementation phases allowed the college to maintain use of the building throughout construction. The visible and transparent complex will provide a comprehensive compliment of facilities, including strength and conditioning, sport medicine, and practice venues, aimed at improving performance, increasing awareness, and supporting all of the Crusaders' Division 1 programs.
The college's primary goal for the project was to elevate facilities for all programs to help recruiting and improve the development opportunities for student athletes. The new addition includes a 60' high indoor turf practice facility, 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 renovations will provide additional offices, a rowing studio, a new sport medicine suite, expanded accommodations for equipment handling, and a new locker room for the women's ice hockey program, which is also now competing in Division 1. The design completely transforms the 1975 original building, giving it a greater presence on campus and a renewed pride in the storied history of Holy Cross athletics.