The Clippers have been playing at the Staples Center for more than 15 years now, and amid the team’s recent success, new ownership evidently decided it was time for a facilities upgrade. Now, the team’s locker room has gotten a big makeover designed by Gensler and carried out by Shawmut Design and Construction.
Completed in time for the current season, the resulting locker room and team facilities have a pretty sophisticated new look. Adorned with ergonomic conference chairs, the redesigned room features dark wood lockers that include storage drawers and separate shoe drying areas, along with a touchpad locking system.
The rather intimate shower area is also looking quite business-like (certainly no place for any towel snapping antics) with wood plank tiles and recessed shampoo cubbies, along with both fixed and detachable shower heads. It’s adjoined by a “grooming area”—an essential feature in the increasingly fashion-conscious NBA. It includes a triple vanity with white quartz countertops and plenty of mirror space.
The new facilities also include a massage area, new offices for coaches, and a foyer with the team logo prominently displayed. Shawmut worked closely with Staples Center owner AEG to ensure the project was completed on time, with minimal disruption to events on the arena’s busy year-round schedule.