USU Athletics is in the process of fundraising and designing a new strength and conditioning building for student athletes. USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes said, “This is an opportunity to put our athletic program in a much better position in our ability to not only service our student athletes but compete for the best and brightest student athletes.”Student athletes will consider the athletic program and training facilities when choosing which school to attend, and Barnes said this new building could help recruit new talent in years to come. The proposed 18,000 square-foot building, to be built just northwest of the Laub Complex by Romney Stadium, will be nearly three times the size of the old building. “The current facility doesn’t in any way, shape or form meet the needs of our student athletes,” Barnes said. Barnes estimates the project will take 14-18 months from designing the building to completing construction. The new building will house facilities for strengthening and conditioning, speed and agility as well as offices for training staff. Depending on possible building design and budget figures, the project could include a ticket office either attached to or near the new training facility. The building’s design could also include a store for selling Aggie apparel on game day. The building will cost around $6.2 million, 100 percent of that to come from private donations. The building has already received an anonymous $5 million donation, and Barnes said the athletics program will raise the rest of the money through fundraising. Privately funded buildings are good for the university, Barnes said, because it expands and improves the campus without adding the financial burden associated with building new facilities. The current training facility will be turned into offices for coaches and locker rooms for womens sports. Transitioning the facility into offices would be what Barnes calls “phase two” of the project. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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