Athletics and Recreation
The Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the first dedicated basketball practice facility constructed for an NCAA Division 1 program in the country, setting a trend in collegiate sports facilities that continues through today. Designed by IGW and influenced by Title IX, equal accommodations for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs were provided including practice courts, locker rooms, player lounges and video/meeting rooms along with sports medicine, strength training, laundry, and equipment storage areas. Offices, lockers and conference space for the coaches were also included as part of the project.
The steel frame structure provides 40,000 square feet of area on two floors and features a balcony overlook of each practice court. The pre-cast concrete and brick masonry exterior was designed to unify the architecture of surrounding buildings with quality materials, finishes, lighting and graphics contributing to a functional and striking interior. The facility was designed to reflect the prominence of the academic and athletic programs at the University of Illinois and compete with other Big Ten and NCAA institutions in attracting top student-athletes.