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NBA’s Orlando Magic Seek Approval for New Downtown Practice Facility

HOK has designed the Orlando Magic’s new 100,000-sq.-ft. training facility, which will include an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic open to the public and operated by AdventHealth.

Excerpted from Growthspotter:

The Orlando Magic filed plans with the city last week seeking approvals for the team’s $70 million practice facility with the hope of starting construction in June.

“This is the next step in the process as we provide a privately-funded facility which will serve our basketball operations, while providing health and wellness services in our community,” team spokesman Joel Glass said. “We look forward to working with local subcontractors on the project. “

The plans call for a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility plus a 30,000-square-foot orthopedic and sports medicine clinic operated by AdventHealth, the team’s longtime medical partner.

James Braam, director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, is the lead architect. He said the building is designed to “thoughtfully weave itself into the urban fabric and instill a sense of civic pride.” Braam described the two practice courts as the heart of the building, while the rest will function as inviting “living rooms.”

“Intentional and strong inside (and) outside connections further the concept of community and will blend with a strategic use of gardens, terraces, and roof decks. This activation of exterior space along with lush greenery will provide the city a visual relief in an urban setting while still maintaining security for the business,” said Braam.

In addition to the new practice courts, the building will include expanded strength and conditioning, training and recovery facilities; an aquatic area; physical therapy areas and hydrotherapy pools; sports science and nutrition facilities; cutting edge audiovideo and imaging technology; flexible hospitality areas; and work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs.

The healthcare component of the facility will include a comprehensive list of services in preventative and rehabilitative treatment and sports performance training for the Magic players and the public.

Braam located the team offices and training spaces north along West Central Blvd. to strategically capture the natural light. He described the building design and choice of materials as “a contemporary take to a traditional approach.”

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