SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University has begun construction of a $6 million indoor tennis and golf center. The facility is being built on a vacant 3-acre parcel at 1220 N. Superior St., a few blocks east of campus, south of Mission Park, and near the Spokane River. The 72,000-square-foot (approximate) structure will offer six regulation tennis courts and a golf practice area.
The facility will be constructed of steel and insulated concrete with a brick facade and will include on its main floor men’s and women’s locker rooms, an athletes’ lounge, training room, and coaches’ offices, said Ken Sammons, Gonzaga’s director of plant services. A small, second-floor area will provide for a viewing space and restrooms. Gonzaga bought the property for the project in 2007.
Walker Construction was selected as the general contractor for the project from a field of six local construction companies who submitted bids on the project. The building was designed by Gonzaga’s professional in-house architectural staff with assistance from ALSC Architects and other Spokane-based mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering firms. Gonzaga Architect Mac McCandless is architect of record for the project. Both Walker Construction and ALSC have significant project experience working for Gonzaga.
The facility, which is expected to open hold its first public event on Jan. 26 ( 2014), will allow the Zags’ tennis practices and home matches to return to campus. Gonzaga removed its tennis courts in 2008 to make room for soccer field improvements on the southwest portion of campus and has used the Spokane Racquet Club facilities since then.
For more information, please contact Peter Tormey at (509) 313-6132 or via email.