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An athletic center renovation and expansion supporting recruitment and development of Holy Cross student athletes and wellness across the entire community

The College of the Holy Cross Hart Center Expansion

The College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA
143,000 SF Addition
©Jeremy Bittermann, ©Anton Grassl, ©Mark Seliger Photography
Additional Services
Civil Engineering
Interior Design
Completed December 2017

The phased expansion and renovation of the Hart Athletic Center was completed in late 2017. Eight distinct implementation phases allowed the college to maintain use of the building throughout construction. The visible and transparent complex provides 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 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 facility’s new sport medicine suite is aimed at improving performance, increasing awareness, and supporting the Crusaders’ Division I programs. Comprising four different rooms that were once squash and racquetball courts the sport medicine suite now includes an aqua therapy room with three hot and cold plunge tanks and windows to the outside for daylight.

The renovations provide additional offices, a rowing studio, expanded accommodations for equipment handling, and a new locker room for the women’s ice hockey program, which is also now competing in Division I. 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.

For more information contact Chris Sgarzi.

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