UT Permian Basin opens ‘The Kirk’

UT Permian Basin opens ‘The Kirk’

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The University of Texas Permian Basin held the official grand opening ceremony of the University’s newest building: The D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center, also known as “The Kirk.”

The D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center is a state-of-the-art facility with classrooms, lab space, and technology necessary to give UT Permian Basin students and athletes the best tools to excel, according to a news release from the school. At a total project cost of $37 million, the building covers 63,717 square feet. The Kirk is home to the College of Health Sciences and Human Performance and features several labs including: athletic training education, exercise physiology, biomechanics, clinical skills, rehab, body composition and bone densitometry. It also features faculty offices and the Jimmie B. Todd Academic Wing.

In the athletic wing of The Kirk there is a 150-seat auditorium/team meeting room, the ORMC Strength & Performance Center, locker rooms for football and women’s soccer, office space for coaches and staff, student-athlete lounge and the cutting-edge athletic training room and hydrotherapy pools.

The building is named after Kirk Edwards, long-time university donor and supporter. A native Odessan, Edwards helped spearhead the creation of the Falcon Football program, forever changing the landscape of Falcon Athletics. The Kirk was designed by SmithGroup of Dallas. Vandergriff Group Architects of Midland was selected as the construction administrator, and Lott Brothers of Austin was selected as the construction manager.

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