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GU Takes First Steps Toward Constructing New Building for Student-Athletes

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Gonzaga University has filed paperwork to start the process of constructing a new building for student-athletes. (Design/Rendering courtesy ALSC Architects) Gonzaga University has filed paperwork to start the process of constructing a new building for student-athletes. (Design/Rendering courtesy ALSC Architects)
Another look at the renderings of the Center for Athletic Achievement. (Courtesy: ALSC Architects) Another look at the renderings of the Center for Athletic Achievement. (Courtesy: ALSC Architects)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Gonzaga University has started taking some major steps toward a very noticeable addition to its campus, and athletic facilities.

The university has filed a pre-development conference application with the City of Spokane. It's one of the first steps of a project to build the "Center for Athletic Achievement." Athletic director Mike Roth says it will be a multi-purpose building for student athletes, housing academic and support services, as well as new basketball practice facilities for the GU men's and women's teams.

The idea of the building is not all that new. The school first announced it back in October, as part of a $250 million fundraising campaign titled "Gonzaga Will: The Campaign for our Future."

While the school admits it is still in the "really, really early planning stages," the paperwork it filed with the city offers some clues as to what the project could look like in the end.

The application form says the "Center for Athletic Achievement" will be built onto the south end of the Martin Centre, right next to the McCarthey Athletic Center. The pre-development form also adds there is a possibility of adding office space inside the Martin Centre.

Paperwork from the architect for the project, ALSC Architects, estimates the cost at $14 million. If the architect company sounds familiar, that's because they've designed and helped build several major sports and recreation areas in the Inland Northwest -- including the McCarthey Athletic Center.

In addition to getting the necessary funding, which Roth hopes will be fully paid for in donations, GU has to get through several other hurdles before they can move forward. 

The university has to coordinate its utilities with the city, especially if they get permission to build the Center for Athletic Achievement. The school also has to review city building code, discuss the Spokane Fire Department's concerns about adding onto the existing Martin Centre, and have fire access to the building reviewed.
    
Both GU and the architects hope to accomplish those requirements during a pre-development contest, but there is no word yet on when that may be.

Currently there is no timeline on when they hope to break ground, start, or finish construction of the new building.

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