University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center

By embracing the connections between health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and sport, the University of Richmond sends a powerful message with their new Basketball Practice and Well-Being Center. This unique project creates a comprehensive center for students that promotes both high achievement and a well-balanced life on campus.

Nestled between Millhiser Gym and the Weinstein Center at the center of campus, the project mends together aspects of the site while making critical new connections. Guided by recent planning efforts, VMDO created a vibrant, hybrid building that honors the distinctive collegiate gothic heritage that is the hallmark of the University of Richmond.

By embracing the connections between health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and sport, the University of Richmond sends a powerful message with their new Basketball Practice and Well-Being Center. This unique project creates a comprehensive center for students that promotes both high achievement and a well-balanced life on campus.

Nestled between Millhiser Gym and the Weinstein Center at the center of campus, the project mends together aspects of the site while making critical new connections. Guided by recent planning efforts, VMDO created a vibrant, hybrid building that honors the distinctive collegiate gothic heritage that is the hallmark of the University of Richmond.

Floor Plans

The Queally Athletics Center, containing Spider Hall and the Basketball Practice Facility, is a state-of-the-art home for training and performance that is taking the University of Richmond basketball programs to the next level. The facility builds on the university's commitment to collegiate sport while conveying principles of integrity, passion, and perseverance to student athletes and staff.

Located next door, the Well-Being Center provides a balance of health, wellness, and socializing opportunities that maximize student engagement. While many student health centers mirror the private sector in their design, this facility is designed to maximize accessibility and deepen service offerings through care that’s attuned to student needs and behaviors.

The Well-Being Center houses the Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and health promotion and nutrition services. Locating these critical student services in a single location enhances the university’s ability to provide integrated support for students when they need care and also when they want to be proactive about their health. Effective arrangements of multi-disciplinary program spaces combined with an abundance of daylight, interior gardens, healthy food options, and the expression of natural materials enhance the spirit of well-being in the building and on campus.

The Queally Athletics Center, containing Spider Hall and the Basketball Practice Facility, is a state-of-the-art home for training and performance that is taking the University of Richmond basketball programs to the next level. The facility builds on the university's commitment to collegiate sport while conveying principles of integrity, passion, and perseverance to student athletes and staff.

Located next door, the Well-Being Center provides a balance of health, wellness, and socializing opportunities that maximize student engagement. While many student health centers mirror the private sector in their design, this facility is designed to maximize accessibility and deepen service offerings through care that’s attuned to student needs and behaviors.

The Well-Being Center houses the Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and health promotion and nutrition services. Locating these critical student services in a single location enhances the university’s ability to provide integrated support for students when they need care and also when they want to be proactive about their health. Effective arrangements of multi-disciplinary program spaces combined with an abundance of daylight, interior gardens, healthy food options, and the expression of natural materials enhance the spirit of well-being in the building and on campus.

"We realized our students are trying to check off all of these academic boxes. But when they graduate, they often can't check the box that says, 'I was happy and healthy and left school knowing how to cope with stress and other life challenges.' We want the overall student experience to be successful and purposeful, and the Well-Being Center is one way to do that."

– Marti Tomlin Director of University Recreation, University of Richmond
University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center
University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center
University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center

The University of Richmond’s Basketball Practice and Well-Being Center honors the distinctive and historic collegiate gothic architectural heritage that is the hallmark of the University of Richmond. The design takes cues from Ralph Adams Cram’s original architectural vision – and abides by the enduring principles of mass, material, expression, and detail to keep this new facility seamlessly aligned with the campus’ historic influences. A portal joining old and new buildings, the facility is forward-looking while signaling the enduring qualities of the student-centered programs inside.

Respect for campus context is evident in the careful brickwork of the facility and in the meticulously researched custom limestone profiles used throughout the design to compose signature features like the gothic arches and oriel window. With special attention for refined contextual design and architectural craft, the design reinforces the strong tradition of carefully-scaled quads and campus passageways to create a student destination at a significant crossroads.

The University of Richmond’s Basketball Practice and Well-Being Center honors the distinctive and historic collegiate gothic architectural heritage that is the hallmark of the University of Richmond. The design takes cues from Ralph Adams Cram’s original architectural vision – and abides by the enduring principles of mass, material, expression, and detail to keep this new facility seamlessly aligned with the campus’ historic influences. A portal joining old and new buildings, the facility is forward-looking while signaling the enduring qualities of the student-centered programs inside.

Respect for campus context is evident in the careful brickwork of the facility and in the meticulously researched custom limestone profiles used throughout the design to compose signature features like the gothic arches and oriel window. With special attention for refined contextual design and architectural craft, the design reinforces the strong tradition of carefully-scaled quads and campus passageways to create a student destination at a significant crossroads.

University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center
University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center
University of Richmond Basketball Practice Facility + Well-Being Center

Client: University of Richmond

Location: Richmond, VA

Discipline: Practice & Training

Completion: 2020

Size: 56,000 SF

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, Higher Education, Athletics + Community, Practice + Training, Athletic Facilities, Academic