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Students visit DeBruce Center

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kelly Dreyer, a KU architecture alum and a project designer at Gould Evans Architects, spent the morning of September 29th leading a tour of the construction site of the DeBruce Center for the Rules of Basketball for Kent Spreckelmeyer’s second-year studio.  Kelly was the lead designer for the project and was involved in the process of taking the building from the clients’ initial vision for a home for Dr. Naismith’s original rules of the game to a projected opening of the facility in early 2016.  The 30,000 square-foot, three-story building will house a public dining facility, an athletic training table, displays of the origin and history of basketball, as well as a permanent exhibit for the two sheets of rules that James Naismith typed out in the early 20th century to codify the game he invented.  Professor Spreckelmeyer’s students are starting a studio project to design a steel enclosure for a ceremonial basketball court that will be sited on the lawn to the east of Allen Fieldhouse.  Kelly Dreyer used the tour to highlight the potential of steel and glass as expressive materials to enclose large-span spaces.