Gould Evans Provides an Inside Look at the DeBruce Center
Architectural firm Gould Evans has released renderings of the DeBruce Center, the 32,000-square-foot building that will permanently house James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball”. The University of Kansas held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the building May 2; construction is slated to begin this summer, with completion scheduled for the 2015-16 basketball season.
Made possible by a leadership gift from the DeBruce Foundation, the DeBruce Center will strengthen KU’s tie to the inventor of the game and the Jayhawks’ first coach.
“The DeBruce Center will be a hub for students and for the university community,” KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said at the groundbreaking. “It will be a meeting center, it will be a place that has dining options. It will be a place that draws visitors to the University of Kansas – visitors who want to see the rightful home of the original rules of basketball.”
Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball”, written in 1891, will be displayed prominently in the building and will be flanked by the stories of Naismith, “the Father of Basketball,” and Allen, “the Father of Basketball Coaching.”
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