The College of Charleston(CofC) is working towards developing its Founders Baseball Performance Center in South Carolina. The facility is part of the college’s improvement plan for its baseball facility located at the Patriots Point Athletics Complex. Overall, the project was estimated at $12 million and designed in coordination with the McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture firm.
CofC was unable to proceed with its plans for the Founders Baseball Performance Center and other improvements for over a decade. This long delay was mostly due to financial constraints. However, the college is now better prepared and has also received support from donors. Recently, Founders Federal Credit Union donated $2.1 million, which is the largest gift in the school’s athletic department history.
Development plans for the Founders Baseball Performance Center
The $4 million Founders Baseball Performance Center has been designed as a two-story, 11,000-square-foot facility, with cutting-edge sports amenities. This will include a hydrotherapy training area and video rooms, equipped with training technologies to help enhance player performance. In addition, the project features team rooms, locker rooms, club areas for donors, and new coaches’ offices.
According to the school’s athletic director, Matt Roberts the project would break ground by 2024 if all goes as planned. Construction on the Founders Baseball Performance Center is expected to be completed within 12-to-18 months. Although, he said the project still needs a little more funding and was hopeful that the college would get more support. The $2.1 million donation and other contributions will go a long way in helping the school fund the project.
Besides the Founders Baseball Performance Center, CofC is planning to start the first of its multimillion-dollar improvement plan. The College’s Board of Trustees already approved this initial phase earlier this year, and it’s estimated at $2.5 million. The upgrades will involve adding a turf field, new LED lights, and a new video board to replace the existing one. Additional improvements will be made at the Ballpark at Patriots Point as well. Upon completion, this initial phase will increase the baseball stadium’s capacity from 2000 to 3,000 seats. The school expects construction to begin in November.