Indoor Facilty Moving Forward

University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic designs on a $26.1 million indoor practice facility scheduled to be completed before the Fall of 2009.

After receiving initial approval from the University of Michigan Board of Regents earlier in the year, schematic designs for a new indoor football practice facility were approved by the Regents yesterday afternoon.

"We have been working on this project for 12 years and it has taken a great team effort to bring it to this stage," said U-M head football coach Lloyd Carr. "It is, in my judgment, a critical and vital building that will ensure the preparation of Michigan Football teams of the future in a safe environment."

Construction, planned to be complete by Fall 2009, will provide a 104,000 square foot facility in place of the current practice fields.

"Exterior materials have been chosen to be sensitive to and suggestive of Yost in both texture and color of materials used, with the exterior wall being the dominant visual element," said Robert Powell of Jickling Lyman Powell Associates, the design architects.

"The main design objective was for the interior to be as close as possible to being an outdoor practice field. Large translucent glazing panels in the north and south send walls and in the masonry openings in the east and west walls provide diffused natural light while maintaining the requested visual privacy."

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