June 13, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Construction is underway on a new four-story building inside Santa Clara University's Leavey Center, the University's 25-year-old sports complex.
The 43,000-square-foot addition at the Leavey Center's east end began in April and is scheduled for completion in April 2002.
The project involves demolition of the east end upper bleachers and approximately 13,000 square feet of existing space. The addition will include new upper level bleachers, concession stands, weight room and academic center for athletes. The project also provides for conference and video rooms, a working press center, ticket office and a new east entrance facing El Camino Real.
The interior building shell and east upper bleachers are scheduled for completion by late December, prior to the popular Cable Car Classic men and women's basketball tournament.
Of particular interest to the Department of Athletics is the 25,000-square-feet office complex inside the addition. Once completed, the Leavey Center will be the home for the staff and coaches for each of the University's 17 intercollegiate sports. The new space will, for the first time in 25 years, provide offices for all coaches and administrators in the one permanent structure. The sport and administrative staff has been housed at some point in semi-temporary trailers.
The seating capacity for the building will be reduced to 2,400 during the 2001 volleyball season while construction remains in progress. A joint effort between project contractor Devcon Construction and architect Ellerbe Becket provided a four-story wall that will allow competition and day-to-day operations to continue during construction. Once the seating phase of construction is completed by late December, the building will accommodate over 4,500 fans for a Bronco athletic event, compared to 4,255 last year.
"We are really thankful for the cooperation of Devcon and Ellerbe Becket to build the wall that allows us to continue using the Leavey Center throughout the construction process," said Santa Clara University Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick. "Once construction is completed, the Leavey Center will be a showcase for our sports programs and we are excited about the first-class atmosphere the facility will provide for our student-athletes and fans."
To replace the existing space and achieve the extra square footage, Devcon Construction removed 5000 cubic yards of dirt from the inside of Leavey and plans to use 850,000 pounds of steel. According to the contractor, it will take 14,000 square feet of glass and 3,000 cubic yards of concrete to construct the face of the new east entrance. Construction on the entrance is to begin this October.
Devcon, located in Milpitas, was the general contractor for both Phase I and II. Ellerbe Becket of San Francisco, who worked with Esherick, Homsey, Dodge and Davis of San Francisco on Phase I, is the architect for Phase II.
The first phase, which was highlighted by the removal of the famous "bubble" roof in spring 2000, required SCU coaches and administrators to move into temporary quarters. At the completion of Phase I in January 2001, Leavey had a new roof surrounded by spectacular 23-foot glass walls, a new floor, new bleachers and a new suspended scoreboard.
As part of the renovation process, the parking lot east of Leavey is closed and will remain unavailable during the University's 150th graduation ceremonies. Undergraduate Commencement will be at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 and Graduate Commencement will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 19. Both events will take place in Buck Shaw Stadium. Guest parking will be available along Palm Drive and in the University parking structure, accessible from the main SCU entrance. For more information about graduation, Click Here.
Santa Clara University is a Jesuit university located in Silicon Valley, with 4,300 undergraduate and 3,050 graduate students. The university offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. In 2001, the American Association of Colleges and Universities awarded SCU a commendation for Distinguished Achievement in Undergraduate Education. SCU celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-01 academic year.