University of Miami Plans $100M Football Facility, Groundbreaking 2023

The University of Miami has filed plans with the city of Coral Gables to build a Football Operations Center.

According to the application, the project is estimated to cost $100 million.

Some of the amenities in the 7-story building will include:

  • a massive locker room
  • therapy pool
  • NFL room
  • hyperbaric, cryo, dry needling, chiro, float rooms, along with medical, recovery and rehab areas
  • lane pool, treadmill pool, cold plunge pool, hot lounge pool, hydrotherapy
  • meeting rooms, recruiting rooms and lounges, and a team sim room
  • coaches locker rooms with showers, hot tub and sauna
  • coaches offices and meeting rooms
  • player lounge, pool table area, simulator, multi-propose studio, alumni lounge

Groundbreaking is planned for 2023, with completion in 2025.

Arquitectonica and HOK are the architects, with HOK also handling interior design.

The Coral Gables Development Review Committee is scheduled to have a hearing on the proposal on December 9.

Here’s a summary of the project, from a Letter of Intent sent to city planners by UM representatives:

The Football Operations Center is a state-of-the-art facility that will house both the administrative and player development functions of the UM Football team. The building will support student athletes and the University’s goal of recruiting the best talent in the nation.

The building site is an existing surface lot fronting Dickinson Drive in close proximity to existing athletic support services. The Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility and Herbert Wellness Center are located across the canal to the west, the Watsco Center is located to the east across Dickinson Drive, the Lennar Central Energy Plant is located to the south, and the under-construction Centennial Village is located to the north.

The building program includes dedicated spaces for training, recovery, nutrition, and relaxation as well as support spaces for academic services, recruiting, and professional development. In addition, the project includes a 6-story garage with a dining facility dedicated to athletes on the first floor.

Construction on the building is expected to begin in late 2023 and be completed in mid-2025.

Project Description

The Football Operations Center is a 7-story building encompassing approximately 150,000 SF.

The garage consists of 6 floors, with approximately 600 spaces designed to serve the University community. A nearly 15,000 SF dining facility for student athletes with approximately 350 seats is located on the ground floor along with loading areas. A ramp will lead to the parking floors above. On the 3rd floor, a walkway will connect directly with the Football Operations Center.

The building and garage are located on axis with the Hecht Athletic Center walkway and pedestrian bridge, a major student pedestrian route that connects University Village and off-campus housing with the student life and academic core. A covered paseo between the building and the garage emphasizes and creates a welcoming gateway within the campus.

The architecture of the building celebrates the dynamic nature and excitement of the football program. Glimpses of the heritage of the Miami Hurricanes and the current athletic program are provided to students and visitors as they walk through the paseo.

The location of building along the University canal allows for a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Recessed glazing and outdoor terraces both shade and allow natural daylight into the building. Roof terraces are strategically placed to connect the view of the athletic campus with expansive horizon views of Coral Gables.

The garage also becomes an integral part of the complex. A bridge on the 3 rd level allows for private and direct connections from the garage to the Football building. At grade, the athletic dining facility opens to both the paseo, the canal and to Dickinson Drive.

Dickinson Drive will end in a plaza that connects the existing Wellness Center, Centennial Village, and the garage. Active uses and landscaping complement the plaza to allows for a student friendly environment along with functional vehicle access to the garage. Service and delivery vehicles will access the building directly from Dickinson Drive.

Together, these two buildings will provide a home suitable for the University of Miami football team and enhance the legacy of the University’s athletic programs.

 

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Anon
1 month ago

Bit underwhelming in terms of design but I’m sure it will be executed well, UM sure has the funding to shell out for nice materials and such.

Archinerd
1 month ago

The parking building, yes. The main building looks solid.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Anything arquitectonica is underwhelming. And we have a city full of buildings designed by them.

Anon
1 month ago

This is false, and ignorant. Brickell City Centre is beautiful. One Brickell City Center is beautiful. The Ursa coming to the design district is beautiful. Elysee Residences is beautiful. The design for the new Hyatt complex is beautiful. I could go on.

Pretty sure the ARQ hate spurred from a few wavy-balconied buildings in the 00s and has never stopped since even though it has no grounding in reality.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The wavy buildings are beautiful too. It’s just competitor talk.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Actually, until the 2010s, they were a pretty decent firm. With those few exceptions, almost everything in Miami proper is a box on top of a giant parking garage poorly concealed, or in the case of Edgewater (where I would say Elysee is crap), parking garages sticking out and taking entire blocks that could have been utilized for urban, walkable redevelopment at the human scale.

anon
1 month ago

how long have you been working for arquitectonica?

SKA
1 month ago

Arquiectonica isn’t the designer. They did conceptual and program planning for the building. HOK will be doing the contract documents.

Anon
1 month ago

Just saying – the ARQ hate on this site is absurd – they are a great Miami firm and the city should be proud of their success. They have been contributing greatly to this city for decades now.

Anon
1 month ago

And people will downvote instead of actually researching ARQ’s history in Miami or providing any kind of reasonable rebuttal.

If you don’t like ARQ, that’s fine. But at least be consistent. People will hate on ARQ and then OBCC is revealed and all of a sudden it’s “omg amazzzzing!!!!” “iconic broooooo” “meeeameeeeee”.

They’re a solid firm and Brickell City Center has been one of the most transformational projects in this city’s history.

Archinerd
1 month ago

Please stop. It’s a great firm. Not every firm is a Pritzker price, but Arquitectonica’s product is great for any city in the world. It is a complex trade, design and construction…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Where are guys when the Melo Group are constantly getting bashed?

Archinerd
1 month ago

Are you seriously comparing Melo and Arquitectonica at a design level? if you are, there is no reason to keep discussing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I constantly see Melo get bashed, Koby Karp get bashed, and the Related Group get bashed on this site at the design level. I’m just asking, where are these crybabies when those other developers get bashed also?

anonymous
1 month ago

build it. UM is private so it will be out of their pocket and will continue to boost interest to the Miami economy

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Nice love all the development at UM

Anonymous
1 month ago

Now I know where my sons student debt is going…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Private school.

Analyst
1 month ago

Yeah my my taxed money. Thank you for reminding me.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I have to pay the interest until he makes enough to pay it of…too bad he doesn’t runs fast enough or jumps high enough

anon
1 month ago

he belonged in mdc, sounds like he had no scholarships my full ride was paid for with your tax dollars ty

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ your welcome enjoy your free ride. You definitely must have had sacrificed a lot to get that scholarship.

Tony Fiorentino
1 month ago

Yeah baby!!

Player 1
1 month ago

Yea coach

Anonymous
1 month ago

Type of innovative design we need in Miami, especially Brickell!

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, we don’t need a low-rise school gymnasium in a high-rise urban neighborhood.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should save the money in case Cristobal has a couple more 5-win seasons and they have to buy out the remainder of his huge contract.

george
1 month ago

I would be more impressed if they allocated some of the BIG BUCKS to the medical facility and brought in primary care doctors to meet the need for them in this city.

NY Transplant
1 month ago

Agree G! We need more doctors. The ones I’ve tried here have been so unprofessional, there are barely any LGBT practices as far as I can tell, outsourcing to out of county billing staff who put wrong codes in — they should teach doctors how to bill and manage a practice, not just prescribe medications.

george
1 month ago

to NY transplant- At what hospital were the docs whom you have consulted?

Robin Stan
1 month ago

The student health center is nicer than most hospitals I’ve been in, so I’m sure it’ll look better than the renderings

SKA
1 month ago

My company pursued this. Made the shortlist, but came in second after presentations. DPR will be the contractor. Was really bummed would’ve loved to be a part of this project. However we’re currently doing another project on UMs campus and after the blowout loss to PItt the PM for UM had told us that all football projects were being put on hold, but I couldn’t tell if he was joking.

Sincerely the state of Florida
1 month ago

Huge waste of money LMFAO

anonymous
1 month ago

Really nice.
Hope it’s helps to get the kind of recruits that The U used to get…the kind that win championships.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will they be paying property taxes on that development?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Are they going to build a stadium in Tropical Park? That park needs something useful there to protect against blithe. It’s not even a well-maintained park. It could be an amusement park, urban development, stadium, new airport for Miami… etc.

William
1 month ago

No chance. They don’t have the money and won’t get the approvals

anonlatino
1 month ago

this is a futbol city, i don’t understand why they can dish millions on American football but they can’t even get a proper world-class stadium for the Miami inter that’s actually located in miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, it’s not a “futbol” city……guess you were asleep when Miami’s last MLS team lasted 4 years before the league shut them down for low ticket sales.

HipHopHipHopanonymous
1 month ago

Still won’t beat the Noles……

dn10
1 month ago

I wonder if they’ll ever get their own South Florida stadium. Probably not in Coral Gables, but Hard Rock is too big and a bit of a haul from campus.

AJ Reddy
1 month ago

and they wonder why this is the only country in the world you have to mortgage your first born to get a college degree.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In state FIU tuition is $6500/yr—-can hammer that out in just a summer break working f/t at $15/hr

Drac
1 month ago

“coaches locker rooms with showers, hot tub and sauna”

Um, is the “hot tub and sauna” for coaches really necessary?

Drac
1 month ago

Two “thumb down” votes huh?..

F – it.. might as well build a pool for them there to!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Football or soccer?

anonlatino
1 month ago

sadly lame american football. miami is a futbol city, don’t understand the point of dishing out millions to construct such an underwhelming “football” center.

your biological father
1 month ago

miami is not a soccer city bro, the united states watches college football, this isnt a bar on brickell watching the world cup you don’t know what you’re talking about

Anonymous
1 month ago

futbol…that’s that lame foreign sport where 160lb manlets kick an inflated ball at each other’s testicles and score once every 2.5 hours.

Hilarious!
1 month ago

(after spitting beer) hahahahahaha….