Clemson University recently completed its much-anticipated lakefront Women’s Sports Program Expansion project, a complex of world-class facilities for the newly formed women’s gymnastics and lacrosse teams, as well as a first-of-its-kind Athlete Recovery Center (ARC). Garvin Design Group teamed with national sports architects HNTB to lead the design of this landmark project. The design team joined Clemson University officials, coaches, student-athletes, and construction manager Brasfield & Gorrie of Greenville, SC, for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project’s completion.

The Expansion project includes a 24,000-sf gymnastics operations facility, a 9,000-sf lacrosse operations facility, and a lacrosse stadium with seating for 1,000 spectators. In addition, a new 10,000-sf Elite Athlete Recovery Center (ARC) provides amenities to all Clemson athletes. The project’s architectural and interior design support holistic athlete development and set a new standard for excellence in the student-athlete experience.

“The design of the Athlete Recovery Center not only prioritizes functionality but also provides all Clemson athletes with stunning views of Lake Hartwell,” said Eric Maxwell, HNTB Design Principal. “By carefully arranging these spaces to frame expansive vistas beyond the public beach access, the design team has created an environment that seamlessly blends innovation with the natural beauty of the surroundings – a testament to our dedication to elevating the athlete experience, fostering both physical and mental well-being in a uniquely inspiring setting.”

Hosted inside the ARC against the backdrop of the new lacrosse stadium and Lake Hartwell, the ribbon-cutting ceremony featured speeches from members of the lacrosse and gymnastics teams, coaching staff, Athletics Director Graham Neff, and President Jim Clements. Program attendees repeatedly remarked that the new facilities reflect Clemson Athletics’ philosophy “best is the standard.”

“From the orientation of the buildings to the finest interior details, the quality of design and construction is a testament to Clemson Athletics’ commitment to athletics, especially women’s sports,” said Liza Brockman, Garvin Design Group Interior Designer. “Designing for these two historic women’s sports programs has been so meaningful for me, as a designer and as a Clemson alum.”

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