Basketball Suite, Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
The November 2007 completion of the Floren Varsity House greatly benefited the school’s football team, which got a premium suite to go with that facility’s 10,000-square-foot strength training center serving all varsity student-athletes. But Dartmouth’s basketball program was helped, too, by the general sense that with football settled in, now it was the basketball program’s turn.
Dartmouth basketball has emerged an even bigger winner with the completion of its premium suite, which took the place of a former fitness center in the Berry Sports Center, across the lobby from Leede Basketball Arena. Moser Pilon Nelson, who had designed the renovation of Leede Arena, was asked to transform this long, narrow space into a showcase for Dartmouth’s basketball programs. The centerpiece is a circular highlighted lounge projecting into the lobby, enhanced by plush couches, wood accents, a domed ceiling and bold lettering. From this central circle used for meetings, receptions and recruiting, the suite plan stretches out on either side with separate wings for the men’s and women’s coaches offices and team meeting rooms.
Renovation projects don’t have to break the bank to turn a nondescript space into a showplace. The cost of bringing an entirely new, cohesive presence to Dartmouth’s basketball programs was $275 per square foot. In the process, a premiere basketball program suite was created from underutilized space occupying a prime location next to their arena.