Groundbreaking on the project is planned for January 2011 and construction will take about 18 months. The 2-story building will include a basement, and will feature a brick exterior that matches the architecture of most USC buildings. State-of-the-art technology will be included throughout the building.
It will be located on the site of the current intramural field that is adjacent to Heritage Hall and the Galen Dining Center. That field will be relocated just south of its current spot, between this new building and Loker Track Stadium.
Fundraising has begun for the $70 million project, which will include the cost of the building, a maintenance endowment, and renovation of vacated space in Heritage Hall.
"I am delighted that the president and University leaders share our vision about the necessity and value of this new athletic building," said Haden. "This facility has been in the formative stages for a while now and I am excited that we are ready to move forward. While Heritage Hall will always be the central point of our athletic department, the reality is that we have outgrown Heritage Hall and we are badly undersized and overcrowded in there. This new building will be the finest of its kind anywhere and will provide our student-athletes every opportunity to succeed academically and athletically."
President C. L. Max Nikias said, "We are very excited about the number of donors who are stepping up with major gifts to make this project a reality for our student-athletes and their coaches. These donors recognize the importance of USC's legendary athletic tradition and want to do their part to promote athletic excellence and educational excellence now and in the future. We look forward to recognizing them when we break ground for the new building in January. I commend Pat Haden for making this project one of his first priorities and I am enjoying working with him."
The new building's basement, which will be connected to Heritage Hall's basement, will be approximately 60,000 square feet and will house a 32,000-square foot weight room (USC's current weight room in Heritage Hall is 9,600-square feet), an 18,000-square foot athletic training room (the current athletic training room is 2,700-square feet) and men's and women's locker rooms. A football locker room with an adjacent lounge will have access to the entrance of the nearby football practice field.
The building's 25,000-square foot ground level will be home to USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services center. There will also be a reception area in a vaulted lobby similar to Heritage Hall's and an outdoor courtyard.
The upper level of the new building, also 25,000-square feet, will house the football coaches' offices, football team and position meeting rooms and a video production facility. There will also be an outdoor patio area.
"Once this facility is completed, our physical infrastructure will be among the finest of any athletic department in the nation, and worthy of our student-athletes," Haden said.
Heritage Hall, which is approximately 70,000-square feet, will remain in use by the athletic department. The new building will allow for re-allocation of space in Heritage Hall for athletic department staff, as well as an expansion of the athletic equipment room and a new lounge area for all student-athletes.