JCJ Architecture helped UMASS Amherst enrich its basketball program and enhance the student athlete experience through the design of the new 56,950 SF basketball development center completed last fall.

At the Groundbreaking ceremony in 2013, UMASS Men’s Basketball Coach Derek Kellogg stated that having a world-class, first-class facility would put UMASS on par with some of the top programs in the country. He said, “We have everything we need as a men’s and women’s basketball program to compete at a national level. Not only will it be a great building for athletics and for men’s and women’s basketball but I think it will be a showpiece for the campus.”

The Champions Center Dedication took place in January of this year. The $22-million facility features dedicated practice courts for each team, office space for the coaching staffs, locker rooms and areas for strength and conditioning along with athletic training services. At the dedication Coach Kellogg said, “Well, I’ll start with the unusual, this place brings energy. I think every time the team, the program, the people who come in to see the building, they feel the energy that this building generates, but also the energy and the passion that’s now coming from the kids who are competing here every day. To come into a first class facility I think exemplifies what’s going on as a university, on the campus; I think it mirrors all the things our leadership group has as a vision for this place.”