Due to a competitive recruiting environment, Marquette University approached Kahler Slater to redesign the men’s and women's basketball facilities to meet the needs of the new coaching staff and new student athletes at the Al McGuire Center. Along with a modern aesthetic, the coaching staff requested a unique locker room space to differentiate Marquette Basketball to recruits.
The design concept promotes a “team first" atmosphere and a sense of pride is reflected in each detail. MU’s trademark blue and gold and rich wood tones ensure a timeless aesthetic. Locker rooms were remodeled to include leather chairs, top-shelf wooden lockers, blue-and-gold mood lighting and a 90-inch high-definition TV in a large oval-shaped floor plan. In the men's spaces, previously separated locker and lounge spaces were combined to provide a multi-function space. The history of Marquette's basketball programs are celebrated through creative use of environmental graphics and display hardware. In addition, enhancements were made to the coach's offices and locker room, the nutrition center and practice gym.
The updates to the facility maintain the Al McGuire Center's reputation as one of the nation's best basketball training venues while allowing the men's basketball team to remain competitive in the Big East Conference.