The new Athletics & Aquatics Center at the University of Puget Sound is a $19.4 million design/build project to expand and remodel the athletic facilities within Memorial Fieldhouse. The project also included the construction of a new aquatics center. In total, 39,000-sf was added to the facility.
The remodeled fitness center nearly doubled in size to include additional cardio and weight equipment, updated locker rooms in the fitness center, and a new climbing wall. The athletic teams gained new meeting spaces, an enhanced sports medicine facility, and staff office suite.
The new aquatic center features a 25-yard pool with eight competition-width lanes and three warm-up lanes. This new facility replaces Wallace Memorial Pool, which was built in 1957. The new facility is connected to Memorial Fieldhouse by a modern great hall. This reception area includes a hall of fame with video showcase, café, and patron amenities.
The facility is also now fully accessible thanks to the addition of two new elevators, as well as ADA accessible and gender-neutral restrooms.
“The Athletics and Aquatics Center is an important asset for our residential liberal arts college community," said President Ronald R. Thomas. "Puget Sound is a place where students come from all over the country and around the world for a 24/7 living and learning experience. In addition to meeting the athletic and recreational needs of our campus community, the new facilities will serve as a resource for our programs in academic disciplines such as exercise science, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. As with all of our facilities, the Athletics and Aquatics Center will not only support the academic and cocurricular experience, but create new opportunities for student success.”