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Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center, Syracuse University

Syracuse University Basketball Training Center Building design by SOM Architects, USA

post updated May 3, 2024

Location: Syracuse University, New York, USA

Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center

Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Architects

Aerial view of Syracuse University’s Main Campus taken 3 November 2011:
Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center, Syracuse University Main Campus NY, USA
photo : John Marino, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

October 6, 2009

Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center Syracuse University Building

SOM’S New Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center At Syracuse University Dedicated

Syracuse, NY – Today, at Syracuse University, the new Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center will be officially dedicated. The project was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and implemented by architect of record King + King Architects, LLP and construction manager Hayner Hoyt Corporation. Dr. Daryl Gross, Syracuse’s Director of Athletics, will host the event as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

The building is named for Carmelo Anthony, who helped lead Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and now plays professionally for the Denver Nuggets, and who provided the lead donor gift. On September 24, Anthony participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and took the first official “shot” on the new practice courts. The Center is designed to support the university’s ability to recruit and train top athletes in the competitive world of NCAA Division 1 athletics.

Head Coach Jim Boeheim praised the new facility, saying “Syracuse now has the best basketball training facility in the NCAA. This new SOM-designed building provides the University with facilities that will help Syracuse recruit the best players in the country and help train our players to have a competitive advantage.”

The 54,000-square-foot building includes two NCAA regulation-size basketball training courts, a strength and conditioning room, an athletic training suite, offices for both coaching staffs, and complete locker-room facilities for both the men’s and women’s teams.

The Center is the first step in realizing SOM’s master plan to reorganize and revitalize the entire Lampe Athletic Complex. The organizational intent of the facility plan is to provide efficiency, focus the athletes on their practice, and showcase the Syracuse University Basketball Program.

Tucked into the landscape, which rises behind the building to a wooded high point, the Basketball Center features a translucent glass curtain-wall façade that encloses the entrance and will glow at night. By building into the steep hillside, the new athletic facility location makes use of a difficult site. This location also provides a highly-visible new address on Comstock Avenue, which underscores the importance of the Basketball program.

The building’s entrance doubles as the “Syracuse Basketball Hall of Fame” – a spacious and light-filled trophy hall for the SU Basketball Program. Lined with aluminum and glass trophy cases, large graphic banners, and projected displays, the space allows screened views into the practice courts.

The design team developed a material palette for the project with cost effectiveness and durability in mind, while maintaining a sense of clean, modern design. The Basketball Center houses cutting-edge training facilities and the provision of two full-size practice courts that distinguish this building as a top basketball training center in the NCAA and in the country.

Sustainable systems designed in the building will allow it to receive LEED Certification in the coming months. The building focuses on providing a healthier indoor environment for players, coaches and staff through the use of high-efficiency mechanical system filtration and low / no off-gassing building materials. It is also designed to use 30% less water and almost 20% less energy than a typical new practice facility. In addition, over 75% of the demolition and construction waste was recycled or reused, over 20% of the new materials were made from recycled materials, and over 20% of the new materials were extracted and manufactured within a 500 mile radius of Syracuse.

The focal point of the plan is the two adjacent practice courts located at the center of the building and enclosed by translucent panels. Support spaces and coaching offices have been closely arranged around this space permitting access and views to the courts. Adjacent to the courts and locker rooms a state-of-the-art fitness center and training area with seamless access to underline the importance of preventive practice.

On the second floor, meeting rooms and offices are organized along a common corridor. Offices for the coaching departments are located against a glass wall overlooking the practice courts. Locker rooms for both the male and female coaches are on this level as well.

Roger Duffy, SOM’s Design Partner for this project, called the building “a living chalkboard, where players can learn and focus, coaches can critique and the game can be improved and perfected.” Kirk Narburgh, partner at King + King, noted that “the design and construction of this magnificent project was a tremendous team effort and we are all proud of the facility that we have before us today.”

Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center information from SOM 061009

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States.

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Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP is a global multidisciplinary practice providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design services to a broad array of public and private-sector clients. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than a thousand awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award – in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Brussels.

King + King Architects, LLP
Founded in 1868, King + King has 141 years serving Upstate New York in planning and architectural design. The firm is the oldest continuous practice firm in New York State and fourth oldest in the country. This includes a relationship with Syracuse University that spans over 125 years. Higher Education facilities are abundant throughout the history of the firm, many of which have stood the test of time and are currently being occupied to this day. King + King served as the design architect for the original Manley Field House that opened in 1962.

Hayner Hoyt Corporation
Founded in 1966, The Hayner Hoyt Corporation is a Construction Management/General Contractor specializing in private sector work including higher education and athletic facilities. The Company’s revenues are made up of 98% repeat customer and/or negotiated referral. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, Hayner Hoyt constructs projects throughout the Northeast for many long-term clients. The Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Training Center is the 4th project completed in 4 years for the Syracuse University Athletics Department.

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