DePaul University to use $50 million for athletics construction

December 5, 2023

Following approval from the Board of Trustees, DePaul University in Chicago will use $50 million to replace five university-owned buildings with a basketball practice facility. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction expected to begin no earlier than summer 2025.

The basketball practice facility will be built in the heart of the university’s Lincoln Park campus and will follow demolition of the university-owned buildings in 2025. Facility designs feature an exterior brick façade, pitched roof and floor-to-ceiling glass around the gym.

The facility will feature dedicated practice courts and office space for support staff. An entire floor will be dedicated to health and wellness, including a team dining space, nutrition bar, sports medicine treatment spaces and offices, hydrotherapy, a weight room and multi-purpose meeting rooms.

As part of the construction process, the university will use sustainable practices to be compliant with Chicago’s Sustainable Development Policy, an ordinance that requires projects receiving city financial support to include sustainable features.

In addition, the project will comply with Chicago’s energy code and stormwater ordinances, prioritizing initiatives that protect birds, reduce indoor water use and divert waste.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. can provide information on contract opportunities, plus existing and future government funding. For more information, contact

Photo courtesy of DePaul University

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