An iconic three-story entry atrium element visually ties the player development, student-athlete, and administration levels together. A dynamic function space in the lobby atrium provides a gathering area to share team meals, welcome visitors and promote the great history of the program. Shared spaces are centrally located, with player development wings extending from the central “knuckle” and main entry.
On the day of the very first design meeting, our firm was given a simple yet rigorous charge: Design to Recruit and Prepare. Deliver spaces that recruit the finest basketball players in the nation to the University of Houston and give them the tools to prepare to become champions. That mantra drove every decision our design team made until the day the facility opened.
A Simple Directive
The teams share centrally located sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and support service facilities. Player development wings for both men’s and women’s basketball programs extend from the central “knuckle” and main entry.
As Coach Kelvin Sampson said when the facility opened, “Teams become better from October to March. For players to get better, it must be from March to October. We will have a place where our players can practice, work out, shoot, develop chemistry and improve their work ethic. They can do this, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with this facility.”
Final Four Bound
Harkening back to the early days of design, as the Cougar basketball program was plotting its course for a return to prominence, our design team promised UH all the tools necessary to help it reach its goal. Just five short years after opening, the Guy V. Lewis Development Facility played a significant role in the Cougars participation in the 2021 Final Four.
With their own dedicated training space and the comforts of new team and academic rooms, our Men’s and Women’s Basketball student-athletes will continue to develop into outstanding competitors on the court and outstanding leaders in the classroom.”