Turner Construction Company to Begin Expansion, Renovation of University of Memphis Athletic Facility
Turner Construction Company’s Memphis office announced today that it is beginning the first phase of a $10.6 million expansion and renovation of the University of Memphis’ athletic training facility on its Park Avenue campus.
The project is the first phase of the Indoor Football Practice Facility, which will expand the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex by 25,000 square feet and includes the renovation of adjacent areas within the complex, which are used for training by the university’s football and other collegiate sports teams. The project is expected to be complete in a year’s time.
The new space will include a multi-purpose room, team training room, rehab and recovery stations, hot and cold therapy pools, coaches’ locker room and equipment storage on the first floor, and coaches’ offices, recruiting and support spaces on the second floor. Turner will work together with Fleming Architects, Burr & Cole Consulting Engineers Inc. (civil/structural) and HNA Engineering PLLC (mechanical/plumbing/electrical).
“For Turner, higher education work is incredibly fulfilling because it enhances the opportunities for service available to the future leaders of our community,” said Andy Davis, business manager of Turner Construction Company in Memphis. “Having previously worked on similar projects for Tennessee Board of Regents, we understand the need to minimize the disruption to students’ daily lives. To that end, we’ve staged the project in several phases to ensure that the facility remains operational and minimizes the impact on the football team’s training schedule.”
The University of Memphis Tigers football program has been growing in strength and prominence over the past few years, ranking in the top 25 for the final nine weeks of the 2017 season. The team is coming off a West Division title in the American Athletic Conference and has appeared in four consecutive bowl games heading into the 2018 season.
“As Memphis Athletics continues to grow into a top-tier national sports program, we knew that we needed a facility that will enable our student-athletes to train to their highest potential,” said Tony Poteet, assistant vice president of campus planning and design for the University of Memphis. “Turner’s excellent track record and experience gives us confidence that the final results will be of the highest quality.”