The Michigan Athletic Department announced yesterday that the Schembechler Hall Performance Center and renovations were approved by the Board of Regents.
This $14.8 millon project by the Kohn Pederson Fox Associates architecture firm will consist of renovations of 24,000 square feet and another 8,000 square feet of added construction for athletic medicine, player rehabilitation, nutrition and wellness for the team. This project will also include renovations to team meeting and equipment rooms with other enhancements to the administration area.
The Board or Regents approved renovation plans for Oosterbaan Field House to replace the HVAC systems, lighting and roof. The plans also included expansion of the performance area, so with the various projects it will allow the entire team to work out together at the same time.
In February, the Board of Regents approved the $21 million project for a new weight room and performance center with construction of 32,000 square feet. The expected completion date is by the winter of 2018.
What does this mean for Michigan, recruiting and the team?
While some of the structural renovations were necessary, enhancing the facilities and resources for players will allow visiting recruits and their families what they have to offer. Many schools each year plan on expansions and perks for players to help stand out when being recruited. While some like UCF are adding lazy rivers, Michigan is making changes so the team can train and workout better while having more important resources for recovery.
We don’t know exactly all the details yet for this, but it means more for players to develop with the tools available, and will be a big hit on the recruiting trail for adding more talent. It also continues Michigan’s all-in approach under Jim Harbaugh.
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