New Basketball Practice Facility
IMEG provided engineering design for the new, $41M, 143,000-sf St. Vincent Center, a joint venture of Pacers Sports & Entertainment and St. Vincent Health.
The five-story center was built in a pie-shaped space on Delaware Street immediately east of Bankers Life Fieldhouse – the Indiana Pacers’ home arena – and adjacent to the Virginia Avenue parking garage. A new underground tunnel beneath Delaware Street connects the center to the fieldhouse, and an enclosed, elevated walkway will connect the existing parking garage to the center.
The facility houses the most advanced practice facility in the NBA, with two regulation-size practice courts, state-of-the-art training and medical facilities, a weight room, hydrotherapy pools, and locker rooms. A heated indoor garage on the lowest level provides parking for players and team staff. Most of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment offices were relocated to the center, allowing future repurposing of current space in the fieldhouse.
The medical office portion of the center provides the downtown Indianapolis community with high-quality healthcare, including primary and preventive care, as well as cardiovascular services. St. Vincent Sports Performance offers sports medicine physicians and nutrition, sport and performance psychology, sports science, and physical training to athletes of all ages ranging from middle school to professional level.
Engineering designs included a 500-ton air-cooled chiller and four condensing boilers providing 12,000 MBH. To mitigate train diesel fumes from the nearby rail lines, a carbon gas filtration system is specified for all AHU outside air intakes.
Sustainable features include a dedicated heat recovery chiller, all-LED lighting throughout, and a green roof above the basketball practice court. The technology design included a full sound system for the two practice courts and, within the St. Vincent Center, an 8.5-foot by 22-foot fully interactive touch panel video wall.