Phillips Academy athletes can soon start gearing up, thanks to Erland Construction beginning construction on the Phillips Academy Synder Center.
The almost 100,000-square-foot facility will feature three basketball courts surrounded by an indoor track, 12 regulation squash courts and one tournament grade court with a viewing deck, as well as specialty flooring for each purpose. The design, by Perkins+Will of Boston, will also include three multi-purpose spaces which overlook the football field, locker rooms and a small kitchen space.
The project, which is the fifth for Erland at Phillips Academy, is slated to be complete by December 2017.
The Synder Center was made possible and named in honor of Phillips Academy alum and former varsity track captain Steve Snyder ‘56, who pledged $15 million toward the new, $34 million athletic center, back in January.
The gift was made in honor of Snyder’s 60th reunion in June.
The athletic center is Andover’s first investment in a longer-range plan to upgrade and modernize its athletic facilities.
The center is built into a hillside adjacent to the Phelps Stadium end zone. A soil retention system is being utilized to support both earthwork and foundation activities while maintaining an uninterrupted athletic schedule for Phelps Stadium, according to a press release from Erland.
Erland Construction is a construction management and general contracting firm with offices in Burlington, Mass., and Hamden, Conn. The company specializes in additions and renovations in residential, academic, office, commercial and healthcare.