During a special-called meeting on Monday, the Auburn University Board of Trustees approved the selection of an architectural firms for the planned Football Performance Center. 

The board approved the selection of architectural firm Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood of Montgomery to spearhead the design of the center, for which the BOT approved project initiation at its meeting in September. The board also approved HOK Architects of Kansas City, Missouri to consult in the development of the facility program and project design.

HOK Architects has worked on a number of projects for college football programs, including at Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and Penn State, and has previously partnered with Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood on a project at Clemson. HOK Architects also previously served as the architect for the Harbert Family Recruiting Center and renovations to the old press box at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood also have previous work in the city, including with Auburn City Schools, for which they served as the architect for Pick Elementary.

"We appreciate the Auburn Board of Trustees approving and authorizing the architect selection phase of the football performance center," said Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene. "We are looking forward to developing a first-class facility for our football program and are excited to partner with nationally renowned architectural firms on this transformational project."

A football-only complex has been on the university's radar for years. Former Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs noted to The Villager in 2015 that the current athletic complex was built in 1989 and highlighted some benefits of removing football operations to its own facility. 

"You create more support services in this building and take football staff and put them in a different building," he said. 

The board's approval limits the project and design development to the schematic design phase until the board later approves the budget, funding plan, site and program requirements, according to board meeting materials.

"The football performance center will be incredibly beneficial to Auburn football and the future of our program, said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "Most importantly, it will give our student-athletes the best resources to help reach their maximum potential on and off the field."

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