With an eye toward helping Georgia Tech’s basketball teams with their practice scheduling and provide better resources for skill development, the Yellow Jackets utilized a former parking area to build a 20,000-square-foot basketball practice facility called the Zelnak Center. Ground was broken for the facility in April 2009, and the building opened in October of that year.
Spurred by a lead gift from Steve and Judy Zelnak, the facility was built at a cost of $5 million, was built in a span of six months and opened in time for the beginning of pre-season practice in October 2009. Zelnak is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Martin Marietta Materials in Raleigh, N.C., and a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.
The 20,000-square-foot Zelnak Center is connected to the southeast side of the McCamish Pavilion and includes one full-size court with eight baskets, a 24-seat theater for video instruction and the 2,500-square-foot Robert A. Anclien Strength and Conditioning Center. Heery International was the architect for the project, and Gay Construction Company of Atlanta was the contractor.
The Zelnak Center has allowed the men’s and women’s basketball teams to practice and/or conduct strength and conditioning workouts simultaneously, and also gave Tech’s volleyball, track and field and tennis teams to utilize a weight room facility closer to their practice and playing venues. The former practice gym, more well-known as the Freshman Gym, is used as a practice facility for the cheer and dance squads.
The James K. Luck Building, which opened in 1987, is a two-story complex located adjacent to McCamish Pavilion and houses locker rooms for both the Yellow Jackets’ men’s and women’s teams, a brand-new game room, a reception area and offices for the Tech coaching staff.
The men’s locker room underwent a major renovation in 2012, and what formerly served as a weight room for the Yellow Jackets has been converted into a nutrition center and a game room compete with flat screen televisions, table tennis and billiards.
Tech’s Class of 1961 raised the money and led the effort to build the $1 million annex in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
The building is named for Jim Luck, the late Tech assistant director of athletics who spearheaded construction of the facility. Luck, a Tech graduate and a member of the Institute’s Sports Hall of Fame, served as an assistant football coach for 22 years and head baseball coach for 20 years before moving into administration.
The Robert A. Anclien Strength & Conditioning Center is a 2,000-square foot facility for men’s and women’s basketball located inside the Zelnak Center practice facility. The facility features four Power-Lift half racks with platforms and a set of Power Block Dumbbells at each rack. It also contains one Hoist Leg Press, two Glute ham Benches, one Hammer Mid-Row, two customized Power-Lift Lat Pull downs with Single Cable Pulley, and one Keiser Functional Trainer
There are more than 4,000 pounds of customized weights. The cardio area contains two Woodway treadmills, one Stepmill, two Precor bikes, two Schwinn Airdynes, and one Cybex Strider. The facility also has a nutrition area where Muscle Milk Protein Shakes and Bars are available to all student-athletes.