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Friday, April 18, 2014

Groundbreaking set for Naismith rules building

Kansas University officials recently announced May 2 as the groundbreaking ceremony for the DeBruce Center, which will become the permanent home of James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball" and will be flanked by the stories of Naismith, "the Father of Basketball," and Forrest "Phog" Allen, "the Father of Basketball Coaching." The center, shown here in an artist's rendering, will also consist of a student activity center built to accommodate seating for 320, that includes retail dining, cafe seating, a new training table setting for both the KU men's and women's basketball teams and a catered event space.

Kansas University officials recently announced May 2 as the groundbreaking ceremony for the DeBruce Center, which will become the permanent home of James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball" and will be flanked by the stories of Naismith, "the Father of Basketball," and Forrest "Phog" Allen, "the Father of Basketball Coaching." The center, shown here in an artist's rendering, will also consist of a student activity center built to accommodate seating for 320, that includes retail dining, cafe seating, a new training table setting for both the KU men's and women's basketball teams and a catered event space.

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Kansas University will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center at 11:30 a.m. May 2, at the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse. The event is open to the public.

The DeBruce Center will become the permanent home of James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball,” which will be flanked by exhibits on Naismith and KU coaching legend Forrest “Phog” Allen.

The building will also consist of a 320-seat student activity center, which will include retail dining, cafe seating, a new training table setting for both the KU men’s and women’s basketball teams and a catered event space.

The center, a result of a gift from KU alumni Paul and Katherine DeBruce, of Mission Hills, is connected to Allen Fieldhouse through the second-floor concourse.

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Tony Bandle 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe a good name for this building would be the "DeBruce-Booth" since the building would not be necessary were it not for the generosity and loyalty of the Booth family thus triggering the generosity and dedication of the DeBruces. :).

In all seriousness, as an architectural graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture, I am most anxious to see any preliminary site, elevation and floor plan drawings regarding this proposed structure

Are there any sources which have these drawings available?

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Suzi Marshall 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Really good idea to include some dining facilities into the area. How far in advance can one make reservations for dinner on game days? My bet is the Booth and DeBruce families won't have problems getting a table for a few years.

I imagine drawings and engineering information will be widely available as construction commences. My son, a current engineering student at Kansas, reports many of the profs have given homework/extra credit assignments to engineer just about every aspect of the new School of Engineering buildings, including the HVAC, MEP and loads. The site engineers, including the project manager report they feel like they are giving onsite classroom demos. Since the DeBruce Center is nearby that trend will continue.

I'm sure the actual display of the Rules will appropriately reference Booth's contribution and point to the auxiliary Booth Hall of Athletics. I assume there will be an effort to seamlessly tie the contents of the DeBruce Center with the Booth Hall together.

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Chris Nieto 5 months, 2 weeks ago

They sent out a picture in an email to Williams Fund members telling about the groundbreaking ceremony the other day

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Tony Bandle 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Chris, any way you could post that photo on this site?? I would sure appreciate it because I am holding my breath they don't screw this up!!

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Tony Bandle 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Well..it's a nice rendering of the foliage adjacent the garage!!

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