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Sasaki Designing New “Landmark” Bryant University Convocation Center

The Boston Globe hails Bryant University’s new Sasaki-designed “landmark arena.” 

Sasaki will be leading the architecture and landscape architecture design for the new Bryant University Convocation Center, which will accommodate the entire student body. David M. Beirne, chairman of Bryant’s board of trustees, says it will be designed to “catapult Bryant to the next level.” The Convocation Center is expected to include an exciting mix of athletics performance and support space, music/theater performance/rehearsal rooms, and campus-wide gathering spaces.

“We are excited to continue our planning and design work with Bryant Athletics,” says Chris Sgarzi, Sasaki principal. “This project supports their vision for student and community engagement and helps further their growing success in Division I athletics.” 

The project is an opportunity for Bryant University to create a new performance venue while also enhancing the adjacent stadium. The stadium is set to include an improved entry sequence and plaza, a new sense of enclosure, and shared viewing and support facilities. The arena will be able to house up to 4,400 participants.

“[The plan] is designed to catapult Bryant to the next level.”

-David M. Beirne, chairman of Bryant’s board of trustees

Sasaki also designed the Bryant University Bulldog Strength & Conditioning Center, which was completed in 2015. The 10,000-square-foot facility provides varsity athletes with a state-of-the-art weight training environment, designed both to strengthen teams for top-level competition and recruit the best new talent.

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