In the latest improvement to Barclays Center, the New York Liberty has unveiled its new locker room complex, a 6,000-square foot facility both designed and built by women for women’s comfort, per the official announcement.
The unveil came via Twitter, complete with a video of the various elements of the facility from individual lockers to areas used for both leisure and physical therapy...
New York Liberty unveil completed locker room renovation project @barclayscenter. Project conceptualized and completed by women-led team from @shawmut_builds and @generatorstudio featuring @humanscale furnishings.— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) June 28, 2021
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The completely redesigned space includes new lockers, a players’ lounge, new operating systems, and a shower and bathroom layout with extended space for dressing and makeup mirrors. The facility also has a Liberty “Ring of Honor” that features greats from the team’s 25-year history, including Teresa Weatherspoon, Rebecca Lobo and Becky Hammon, among others. The announcement included a photo gallery of the facility.
The Liberty, purchased by Joe and Clara Wu Tsai in January 2019, are playing their home games at Barclays Center for the first time this year. The facility is located in the old New York Islanders locker room space, steps away from the team’s practice court located just off the arena’s main entrance lobby.
“A group of world-class athletes deserve a world-class space, and that is precisely what Shawmut and Generator Studios have created with this new locker room,” said Liberty CEO Keia Clarke. “The Liberty organization continues to be intentional about uplifting women in all facets of the company and this renovation project is no different.”
The two groups built a women-led design and construction team to complete the project.
“This is truly a project built by women, for women—and in an industry that’s less than 10% female, we’re especially proud of this,” said David Margolius, executive vice president of Shawmut Design and Construction’s New York Metro region.
The Liberty press release noted as well that the ergonomic furnishings were also designed and built with women basketball players in mind, including a custom-made “Liberty chair.”
“All of our products are designed to ensure everybody – and every body – is fully supported. We’re excited to have our iconic Liberty chair play a small part as the team pursues what we hope is a winning season,” shared Leena Jain, CMO of Humanscale, the ergonomics contractor.
The ergonomics design is reminiscent of what the Nets did when they designed furnishings attuned to the needs of very tall men.