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Mariota complex will bring more glitz for UO athletes

EUGENE — The University of Oregon’s planned sports science center already has a name: the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex.

Now it has a price tag: $19.2 million, according to a building permit application filed by the UO this week.

The money will come from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny.

UO athletics officials announced plans in September for a 29,000-square-foot “enhancement” of the Casanova Center building on Leo Harris Parkway, next to Autzen Stadium. The work would refurbish an equipment room on the east side of the Casanova Center’s first floor into a center with state-of-the-art equipment to improve athletes’ health and performance.

The permit application filed with Eugene’s Planning and Development Department on Tuesday covers “tenant improvement primarily to part of the first floor” of the building at 2727 Leo Harris Parkway — the Casanova Center’s address.

Andy McNamara, Oregon’s assistant athletic director for communications, confirmed the permit was to build the sports performance complex.

The project is another in a long line of gifts from Knight to the university. Construction could start in January, wrapping up in mid-September.

The UO Board of Trustees approved the project Sept. 10. Under the agreement, the university will lease the 29,000-square-foot piece of the Casanova Center to PHIT LLC, a business entity controlled by Knight. He then will hire Portland-based Hoffman Construction and the architectural firm SRG for the work.

The value of the project has not previously been disclosed.

Upon completion, Knight will donate the space back to the university. It’s a similar arrangement to other projects Knight has built for the university, including the lavish 145,000-square-foot Hatfield-Dowlin Complex next to Autzen, which opened in 2013. The price-tag for that is estimated at $69 million.

The Mariota center will be spendy: $662 per square foot, and that’s just for construction. It doesn’t include furnishings and equipment.

The center will feature three-dimensional motion-capture technology to record and improve athletes’ movements, as well as a neurocognitive center to diagnose and treat head injuries, according to the university. The project also will expand the Casanova Center’s equipment room.

“Marcus is the epitome of a student-athlete, and the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex will be an outstanding tribute to his legacy,” UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens said when the project was announced in September.

The complex is the latest in a string of projects that have boosted UO athletics’ profile in recent years, following the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, completion of Papé Field in 2012 and PK Park in 2009, as well as several upgrades to Autzen Stadium.

The Casanova Center opened in 1991, and totals 102,000 square feet.

The University of Oregon’s planned sports science center already has a name: the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex.

Now it has a price tag: $19.2 million, according to a building permit application filed by the UO this week.

The money will come from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny.

UO athletics officials announced plans in September for a 29,000-square-foot “enhancement” of the Casanova Center building on Leo Harris Parkway, next to Autzen Stadium. The work would refurbish an equipment room on the east side of the Casanova Center’s first floor into a center with state-of-the-art equipment to improve athletes’ health and performance.

The permit application filed with Eugene’s Planning and Development Department on Tuesday covers “tenant improvement primarily to part of the first floor” of the building at 2727 Leo Harris Parkway — the Casanova Center’s address.

Andy McNamara, Oregon’s assistant athletic director for communications, confirmed the permit was to build the sports performance complex.

The project is another in a long line of gifts from Knight to the university. Construction could start in January, wrapping up in mid-September.

The UO Board of Trustees approved the project Sept. 10. Under the agreement, the university will lease the 29,000-square-foot piece of the Casanova Center to PHIT LLC, a business entity controlled by Knight. He then will hire Portland-based Hoffman Construction and the architectural firm SRG for the work.

The value of the project has not previously been disclosed.

Upon completion, Knight will donate the space back to the university. It’s a similar arrangement to other projects Knight has built for the university, including the lavish 145,000-square-foot Hatfield-Dowlin Complex next to Autzen, which opened in 2013. The price-tag for that is estimated at $69 million.

The Mariota center will be spendy: $662 per square foot, and that’s just for construction. It doesn’t include furnishings and equipment.

The center will feature three-dimensional motion-capture technology to record and improve athletes’ movements, as well as a neurocognitive center to diagnose and treat head injuries, according to the university. The project also will expand the Casanova Center’s equipment room.

“Marcus is the epitome of a student-athlete, and the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex will be an outstanding tribute to his legacy,” UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens said when the project was announced in September.

The complex is the latest in a string of projects that have boosted UO athletics’ profile in recent years, following the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, completion of Papé Field in 2012 and PK Park in 2009, as well as several upgrades to Autzen Stadium.

The Casanova Center opened in 1991, and totals 102,000 square feet.