PBAU Looks to Rinker Sports Center to Drive Applications
West Palm Beach, Florida
As part of the 76-acre Rinker Athletic Campus at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the new Rinker Sports Center provides the school’s 14 outdoor teams – including men’s and women’s lacrosse, tennis and soccer - a new home just steps away from their practice and game fields.
Administrators at the regional, private university believe the investment will brand the Division II school, which has eight men’s sports and nine women’s sports, beyond its traditional borders. Its undergraduate admissions are near the goal of 2,200, but leaders are aiming for an increase in admission applications by enhancing athletics.
The $9 million, 32,342-SF Rinker Sports Center – whose Mediterranean style was designed to complement the architecture of buildings on the main campus – features locker rooms for baseball and softball, training and strength conditioning facilities and office and conference space for members of the athletic department.
A large team room seats 40 people and provides space for student-athletes to study, meet and review game footage – contributing to the university’s goal of developing young people.
A design-build project with Hedrick Brothers Construction, the two-story building also features a hospitality suite on the second level with covered terraces that allow spectators to view activities below.