BABSON PARK, Mass.—Nearly a year into the construction process, the transformation of the Babson College athletics facilities and the Babson Recreation and Athletics Center (BRAC) are starting to come into focus.
The structure for the new 75,000-square foot addition that features a state-of-the-art two-story fitness center, three courts for recreational sports, multipurpose and office space, and new locker rooms is now in place. Along with the new construction, existing locker rooms and the sports medicine and equipment room spaces are all being renovated, and are set to be completed before student-athletes begin returning to campus in mid-August. Also included in the enhancements within the Webster Center are updates to Morse Pool and technology upgrades throughout the building.
The $52 million BRAC project will nearly double the size of the existing athletics facilities to 176,870 square feet. With a new 10,000-square foot fitness center overlooking College Drive, dedicated locker rooms for varsity teams and space for large campus events, the upgrades will offer something for everyone within the Babson community.
"I am excited to share the progress of our new facility!" commented Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Advancement Mike Lynch. "A brief tour gave us a chance to see the future coming together and when the doors finally open in fall of 2019, Babson Athletics will be vaulted forward in many ways. The spaces are huge and the details are becoming apparent- BRAC is going to shine and every student who comes to Babson will benefit."
In addition to changes inside and surrounding the Webster Center, the first part of the BRAC project was completed last November with the construction of Babson's new tennis facility. The eight-court, lighted complex opened for play in March and hosted both men's and women's tennis matches during the spring.
The full BRAC project is slated to be completed for the fall of 2019 as part of Babson's Centennial Celebration.