The Seattle Storm and developer Force 10 Facilities have submitted a Master Use Permit application for a new practice facility in Interbay. The Center for Basketball Performance will include two side-by-side basketball courts, locker rooms, a lounge and nutrition center, strength and conditioning training spaces, rooms for diagnostics and physical therapy, as well as the franchise’s business offices. The project is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification, featuring all-electric operations and a rooftop photovoltaic array.
Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2023 and complete in time for the 2024 WNBA season. Preconstruction work is now underway.
An LLC associated with team owner Ginny Gilder bought the 50,000 square foot site, which is currently used as vehicle storage, in 2011 for $1.75 million. Last fall, the city relaxed zoning restrictions to allow buildings up to 50,000 square feet, specifically for the Center for Basketball Performance. The team currently practices at Seattle Pacific University. The Storm have won four WNBA championships, in 2004, 2010, 2018 and 2020.
The project team includes owner’s representative barrientos RYAN, ZGF Architects and Shive-Hattery Architects, general contractor Sellen Construction, and landscape architect Walker Macy. Currently, 85% of all project team members across all disciplines are women.