“We believe upgraded facilities will instill a sense of pride in our athletic programs, while inspiring research and advanced learning for our students,” she said. “Our students and athletes deserve a facility like this. We expect the best from them in the classroom, at practice and at game-time. They should expect the same from us.”

The 63,000 square-foot facility will house the Kinesiology Department, including classrooms and labs. It will also give student athletes new space to train and coaches a place to recruit. The building will also provide the campus with lecture spaces, a weight room and athletic training space. The athletic portion of the building will house locker rooms for football and women’s soccer, equipment rooms and coach’s offices.

Woodley hopes the new space will grow academic programs housed in the facility. Data suggests the number of kinesiology students will double and the number of athletic training students will triple by 2025.

“We want to ramp up our ability to produce those degrees that are in high demand,” Woodley said.

The project is expected to be complete in June 2020 and ready for students in fall 2020.

Kinesiology Building features

  • The entire project is $37-million
  • The building will be 63,000 square feet
  • 150-seat lecture hall for classes and for sports teams to watch film
  • 12 Kinesiology offices
  • The football locker room will boast 380 inches of TV screens. Each locker will have a charging dock for tech devices.