March 28, 2012
Just as the University of Utah's stellar 2012 football recruiting class is helping the team step up to the challenge of its second year in a new conference, Layton Construction Co., Inc. is helping their facilities meet up with Pac-12 standards. Layton is constructing the new 58,000-square-foot, $30 million Football Center at the Dee Glen Smith Athletic Center. The new facility will replace the Dee Glen Smith Center, which was built in 1991, and will be attached to the Alex Smith Strength and Conditioning Room.
Taking a break from spring practice, University of Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham took the controls of an excavator and began demolition of the Dee Glen Smith Center on March 27, 2012. Layton Construction will complete the new football center in time for the 2013 season. Until then, the football staff will be housed in a large array of modular trailers adjacent to the construction site.
The Football Center will house a state-of-the-art sports medicine and rehabilitation area and athletic training space and will include:
- Practice fields
- Team locker room
- Player's lounge
- Offices for coaches and support staff
- Aerobic equipment
- Speed training track
- Hydrotherapy pools
- Equipment storage
- Multipurpose dining hall
- Team auditorium with space for 150 athletes and coaches
- Meeting rooms for each position group with enhanced video capabilities
- Hall of Fame
- Media accommodations
"It's huge, first of all, for our current players, having a place for them to really take care of all of their needs, especially with sports medicine...which is a critical aspect of your program," Whittingham said. "It's going to be a great recruiting tool for us. This will put us right towards the top of the Pac-12 for football facilities. This was the piece that was lacking right now. It's going to be a great set-up for us."
The facility, the first major athletic project at the University of Utah since the school joined the Pac-12 conference in 2011, is a LEED Gold certification candidate.
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