Samford, Hoar break ground on $65 million recreation, wellness complex

Project includes new building, renovation to others

Samford’s Bashinsky Field House will be renovated as part of the overall recreation and wellness project.

Birmingham-based Hoar Construction has broken ground on Samford University’s $65 million Campus, Recreation, Wellness and Athletic Complex.

The overall project encompasses four separate projects on the Birmingham campus totaling 165,000 square feet.

The project will include the renovations of Seibert Hall, a multi-purpose arena; Bashinsky Field House; and the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center. In addition, a new building with fitness amenities will be constructed.

Seibert Hall will be renovated to include two basketball courts, a new multi-use court, studios for fitness classes, an esports studio, dance studios, a multi-purpose workout area and common spaces for students to gather, including a coffee shop and a 24-hour convenience store.

An additional 20,000-square-foot building will be constructed adjacent to Seibert Hall featuring two levels of recreation and event space. The new facility will include a suspended indoor track, additional basketball courts and cardio spaces, sound and staging for campus events, covered outdoor athletic space, a pedestrian walkway and a covered balcony overlooking Bobby Bowden Field.

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“We take great pride in our lasting relationship with Samford, which has proven to be an invaluable partner as we work to continue bolstering the university’s facilities and offerings for the student body,” said Tim Wilson, senior superintendent at Hoar. “We look forward to delivering this state-of-the-art recreation center and continuing our track record of excellence in higher education construction within our home base of Birmingham.”

Hoar has completed more than 20 projects on Samford’s campus, a partnership that started in 2014 with the construction of the Brock School of Business.

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