Plans for the Schembechler Hall football performance center continue to move forward, as the Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design for the new center.

The $14.8 million project calls for the renovation of approximately 24,000 square feet and construction of an additional 8,000 square feet for athletic medicine, rehabilitation, wellness and nutrition for the football program.

Schembechler Hall, constructed in 1990, is named after former head football coach Bo Schembechler. It houses football training facilities and the Towsley Family Museum. The building is connected to Oosterbaan Field House and the Al Glick Field House.

The project also includes renovations to team meeting and equipment rooms and administrative spaces. Funding will be provided from planned athletic department resources and gifts.

These drawings of the Schembechler Hall project show, clockwise from upper left, rehabilitation and athletic medicine, hydrotherapy, the hydrotherapy tunnel and the brick tunnel. (Drawings courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)

The architectural firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates designed the project. The project is expected to generate an average of 46 on-site construction jobs.

There will be a temporary loss of some adjacent parking spaces during construction, but there will be no permanent impact on parking. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2019.

The Board of Regents also authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the project.

In February, the Board of Regents approved plans to renovate Oosterbaan Field House, which includes replacing the roof, lighting and HVAC systems, as well as repurposing part of the field house for an expanded football sports performance area.

The combined projects will create one unified performance center for the football program, enabling the entire team to work out at the same time.