KALAMAZOO, Mich. –
Renovations for a new Western Michigan men's basketball locker room began on Wednesday morning.
The privately funded project was designed to accommodate complete interior renovations to the existing locker room, restroom and shower area. The project also includes a player's lounge addition created by capturing minimal square footage from the adjacent weight room.
"As we continue forward to finalize fundraising for this project, we want to thank our generous donors that are helping to make this dream come true," said head coach Steve Hawkins
. "Our guys will have a new home when they get back in the summer. This project has been a long-time coming. We've been so excited about it. This is our home. This is where the players spend most of their time."
Approved design concepts will include the following: addition of fifteen new lockers, new flooring, paint and numerous wall graphics, a technology coaching wall, two large glass boards, new lighting, finishes and fixtures, and updates to the restroom and shower area.
The technology wall will utilize two large screen TV monitors to be used to review game film. The large glass board will be located near the technology wall to review plays and team strategies. The locker room and player's lounge will have an open exposed ceiling concept, highlighting a custom designed WMU logo light fixture. This will create the main focal point to the new locker room area.
"When we go into next year it should help us all the way around from where the current players hang out, all the way to what the recruits see when they come in and visit Western Michigan," Hawkins added.
Expected completion of the project is set for August of 2017.