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University of Minnesota - Athletes Village

The Athletes Village is a 387,000 sq. ft. new construction and renovation project that provides state of the art academic, practice, and training facilities to the roughly 700 student athletes at the University of Minnesota.  The complex is comprised of a Center for Excellence academic building, Basketball Practice Facility, Football Performance Facility, Indoor Football Practice Facility, and Training Table dining space.

The following images represent the contributions I made before the winning project proposal through schematic design.  During this time the complex design incorporated a "Ring of Honor" circulation space that celebrated the individual program achievements while connecting the entire complex.  Additionally, the complex design had incorporated a high rise component which was later modified due to a reduction in project scope.

Complex Design Progression

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Master Plan Massing

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Pedestrian Plaza and Decrease Mass

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Volume Adjustment

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New Complex Entrance

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Views and Site Circulation

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Program Base

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Football Performance and Indoor Practice Design Progression

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Programming Design Sketch

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Schematic Design Rendering (last project involvement)

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Completed Project Photograph

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Programming Design Sketch

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Conceptual Design Perspective (last project involvement)


Completed Project Photograph

Additional Schematic Design Renderings for Fundraising

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Football Performance Building and Training Table Renderings

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Basketball Practice Facility Renderings


Minneapolis, Minnesota


Sports + Recreation, Professional

Project Size


RDG Planning & Design | Des Moines, Iowa

+ BWBR Architects | St. Paul, Minnesota


University of Minnesota Athletic Department


Constructed, 2018

387,000 SF

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