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Marquette University downsizes, sets new location for athletic research center

Posted at 8:28 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 09:42:43-05

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University is changing up its plans for its new athletic performance research center, theMilwaukee Business Journal is reporting.

In January 2016, the university originally announced this new $120 million facility would be on West Michigan Avenue -- just east of Interstate 43.

However, this was all before Marquette spent $3.6 million on a seasonal dome at its Valley Field that opened in early 2017 for several of its intercollegiate teams as well as student club and intramural sports. 

After downsizing plans, Marquette officials say the new facility site will be located near the southwest corner of West Wells Street and North 12th Street, across from the Al McGuire Center and just north of Zilber Hall. 

Marquette officials tell the Milwaukee Business Journal that during the university’s recent master planning process, the 12th and Wells location “was identified as a high impact parcel for the campus.”

“This new location is smarter and more convenient for our student-athletes, faculty and staff that will be housed in the (Athletic Performance Research Center),” president Michael Lovell said. “While the location has changed, our vision to advance our mission through innovative sports and human performance research remains unchanged.”

The facility will be built in phases under a long-term master plan, the university said. The first phase will include space for faculty researchers; locker rooms and support space for the lacrosse programs and golf team; strength and conditioning spaces for the athletic department; and a centralized core of laboratories for conducting human performance research.