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Jax Daily Record Friday, Oct. 30, 202004:26 AM EST

City issues permit for JU basketball center

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Balfour Beatty will build the $7.6 million project at the Jacksonville University Arlington campus.

The city issued a permit Oct. 29 for Balfour Beatty to build the Jacksonville University Basketball Performance Center at a cost of $7.6 million.

Balfour Beatty announced Oct. 15 that JU awarded the contract to build the total $8 million center that will be home to the men’s and women’s basketball program and daily operations.

Balfour Beatty said the center, at the 2800 University Blvd. N. campus in Arlington, will provide a home for student-athletes, enhance the university’s ability to recruit quality individuals and allow students to be better prepared academically and athletically.

The permit shows a 16,750-square-foot facility.

Balfour Beatty said the total two-story, 26,000-square-foot practice facility will feature coaching staff offices; weight room and training room facilities; and a full court and a half of playing surface to serve as the new practice venue for athletic programming. 

The center will be built next to JU’s Historic Swisher Gymnasium and is set to open before the start of the 2021-22 season. 

The center is designed by Quinn Evans Architects.

JU’s athletic teams are known as the Dolphins.

The news release said the location next to Swisher Gymnasium will “solve current logistical issues and create more functionality and connectivity between the court and the coaching offices.”

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