East Campus is the site of the original Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the precursor to IMG Academy. Established in 1978, it served as the foundation for the world-renowned boarding school. As the school continues to grow and achieve new levels of success, facility upgrades were needed for their nationally ranked tennis and basketball programs.
The East Campus Gym presents a discernible shift from the scale of the surrounding structures. As such, it serves as a focal point and gateway to the East Campus. A guard stand to mirror that of the West Campus was added to assist in creating a visible point of entry.
The facility features a 14,000 sf ground floor center core. The inviting corridor leads visitors through the IMG Hall of Fame and to home and visitor locker rooms, athletic training, public restrooms, team changing rooms, concessions and storage space.
To the south, the basketball practice area totals 44,500 sf. Designed to support practice, game and tournament play, the space houses three practice courts and one championship court. The championship court is flanked by stands on three sides and features a video scoreboard over half-court and lighting to meet NCAA broadcasting standards. Along the south wall are five mounted hoops to create a shooting practice wall.
To the north is the 38,000 sf indoor tennis area. Home to five practice courts, the area can be subdivided by curtainwalls between each court.
The second floor provides meeting and office space, including department offices for the basketball and tennis programs. A large meeting room at the rear of the building can host up to 150 people, but is scalable with operable partitions for smaller groups. The room offers views of the tennis arena adjacent to the gymnasium, with a balcony overlooking the championship outdoor court. The upper level is rounded out with four suites, also outfitted with operable partitions. The suites overlook the championship basketball court and provide access to viewing platform.
Exterior construction is concrete tilt wall: 7.25” solid concrete, 1.5” rigid insulation, 3.25” concrete finish panel. The basketball and tennis areas are pre-engineered metal buildings supporting the tilt wall. The center core is structural steel framing. Triple hybrid construction was utilized to meet budget, schedule, and provide a durable interior finish.
ADJACENT TENNIS ARENA
The Tennis arena showcases clay and hard tennis courts for major tournaments. The court sizes are to the largest recommended International Tennis Federation (ITF) standards. The shaded grandstands are elevated 12’ at the base, accommodate 800 spectators, and include ADA and suite seating. The grandstands are designed to accommodate WTA-125 tournaments and broadcasting.