June 29, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Updates to the Washington State University men's and women's basketball practice facility were completed this week as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan.
Changes to the facility, which has been the primary practice gym for the men's and women's basketball programs for the past three seasons, were designed and implemented by Downstream, a nationally recognized leader in sports facility design and branding based out of Portland, Ore. The project is part of the athletics branding master plan, commissioned by WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos and Senior Associate AD John Johnson, which Downstream is managing.
"We are very excited to have the new colors and fonts incorporated into our state-of-the-art practice facility for our basketball programs," WSU women's basketball coach June Daugherty said. "This redesign was a big-time statement for what WSU basketball is all about and will be a great source of pride for our staff, our coaches, players and future prospects."
The gym, located in the P.E. Building, between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other. The Washington State fight song surrounds the perimeter of the gym along with images of the ZZU CRU, the group that helps make up the Cougars' student section, designed into the Washington State type as a way to remind the student-athletes of their support system.
"I'm excited about the steps we are taking as an athletic department and as a basketball program in regards to facility upgrades," Cougar men's basketball coach Ken Bone said. "We are thrilled about the changes to our practice gym and believe it is now among the conference's elite facilities. Our program would like to thank both President Floyd and Bill Moos for their commitment to Cougar basketball."
Sixteen banners of current student-athletes hang in the gym, eight men's and eight women's, along with words that represent the respective programs, additionally all current team members are showcased and will be updated annually. Changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12 Conference were also made. Last season, padding was added along the walls of the entire gym and a video system was implemented to help with film sessions for both programs.
"Our design was borne out of discussions with coaches Bone and Daugherty to help us understand what values and key messages are important to their programs," Downstream Senior Designer Clint Gorthy said. "We used a variety of design techniques and materials to bring this to life."