Opening of William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center begins new era for sport research, education, treatment and training

Andy Subudhi works on a laptop with an athlete on a bicycle in the foreground

A first-of-its-kind facility, designed with intentional “collision spaces” for collaboration between medical doctors, faculty researchers and students, will celebrate a vision six years in the making when the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center fully opened Aug. 24, 2020.

The start of the fall semester at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will bring together students and faculty for education and research with the medical providers and clinical experts at Centura Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. The combination of the leading educational and health care providers in southern Colorado will facilitate a laboratory of excellence in the pioneering facility.

Two doctors look at a computer

Led by co-directors Bill Lueck from Centura and Steve Johnson from UCCS, the facility uses a liberal amount of glass and open space to enable the “collision” philosophy. Students, faculty, clinicians, doctors, patients and athletes will also have access to a collection of equipment rarely found in a single facility, such as

  • An altitude chamber will be able to transport users from a sea level atmosphere to the heights of the Himalayas;
  • An environmental chamber will allow control of altitude, temperature and humidity;
  • A nutrition laboratory and kitchen will optimize the fuel needed for athletes of all skills and abilities;
  • A biomechanics laboratory will permit enhanced study of movement;
  • Specialized equipment will allow athletes with physical disabilities and tactical athletes like firefighters and police officers to train;
  • A sports medicine clinic will allow medical providers to see patients; and
  • A sports performance clinic will help athletes to train and optimize achievement.
Faculty and students prepare food in the nutrition laboratory

Funded as part of the City for Champions project approved by the Colorado Economic Development Commission in 2013, the Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center is designed to attract users from across the nation. When athletes or patients are not completing treatment or training, they can enjoy the sites in Colorado Springs, including another City for Champions project, the recently completed United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum. The two facilities will later be joined by other project initiatives like a new visitor’s center at the Air Force Academy, Robson Arena at Colorado College and Weidner Field in downtown Colorado Springs.

The facility will be the first to carry the Hybl name. An accomplished state, national and international leader, William J. Hybl is a two-time president of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, two-time chair of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and was the United States Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations. He is executive chairman of the El Pomar Foundation, chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and was a civilian aide of the Secretary of the Army. Architects HOK and RTA established an integrated team to design the facility. The Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center is expected to achieve LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. J.E. Dunn executed the construction as general contractor and its second facility on the west campus next to the Ent Center for the Arts that opened in 2018.