Photo Feature: Hybl Center construction – October 2019

Crews from J.E. Dunn Construction make progress on the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The project on the west side of campus remains on budget and on schedule for an April 2020 opening.

The facility will boast a vast array of components, including a full imaging suite for X-rays, MRIs and body composition scans, a state of the art sprint track, a multipurpose exercise room that will be outfitted for spin classes, three biomechanics analysis units, an outdoor turf field connected to indoor space by the garage, a metabolic testing lab, an altitude testing center and an environmental chamber that will simulate different exercise environments.

The 104,000-square foot Hybl Center will be the first of its kind to integrate undergraduate and graduate education with clinical practice and research in a sports medicine and performance environment. Penrose St. Francis Centura Health will manage the clinical operations and 1,400 exercise science, human anatomy, physiology, athletic training and nutrition students are projected to study in the facility. The project received supplemental funding from the Regional Tourism Act of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade through the City for Champions initiative.

With a building exterior that will be comprised of nearly 40% glass windows, the Hybl Center will feature panoramic mountain views to the west and campus views to the southeast.
Professor Steve Johnson, co-executive director of the Hybl Center, leads a hardhat tour in the midst of construction.
Patients seeking medical attention will be served on a side of the building focused on healthcare, while clients will utilize areas specified for elite sports performance.
The center of the building will focus on physical therapy and rehabilitation, while the western edge will emphasize sports performance.
A crew member from J.E. Dunn Construction works on electrical wiring.
The state-of-the-art facility is designed to facilitate “collision” between students, patients, clients, physicians and faculty.
Half of the facility’s first floor will be underground, with the other half providing clinic space for physician providers.
The middle of the second floor will be comprised of business offices, a strength and conditioning lab and a physical therapy lab with a floor structured to eliminate vibrations from dropping weights.

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