Performance Center to Provide a Solid Base for Gould Athletes

August 30, 2020
A rendering of the new performance center from the ski and snowboard building classroom.
Rendering of the new Gould Performance Center in the lower level of Ordway Hall. The view from the Ski & Snowboard Building class is showcased here.

One Performance Center to Rule Them All

Big things are happening in the lower level of Ordway Hall. A space previously under-utilized for storage and most recently home to ski- and snowboard-building classes will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility for many of Gould’s outdoor activities, including a new home base for the On-Snow program.

The new (and yet-to-be-named) Performance Center will bring Gould’s high-performance outdoor activities under the same roof. Teams like Mountain Biking, Cycling, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Ski Cross, and all Freestyle disciplines will now have a common space on campus to work closely together, as well as tune and store gear.

The new location will bring ski, snowboard, and bike coaches into the heart of the community, and will create a vibrant hub of activity on campus.

“The Performance Center offers an amazing opportunity for all On-Snow and Biking programs to be centrally located on campus in a space that’s being continually evolved to meet the state-of-the-art needs of our sports.”

Ben Kamilewicz ’95
head nordic coach

Students will have the continued option to have their skis stone-ground by Speedworks, but with the convenience to take care of their own equipment on campus, with state-of-the-art equipment storage.

It’s important that students graduate from Gould with knowledge of equipment upkeep, and by having the proper tools accessible to them, they can now take advantage of that learning.”

alex norden
head women’s alpine coach

A significant part of a student athlete’s training comes down to well-taken care of gear and equipment that will perform as well and consistently as they do. That will all happen in the Performance Center. Speedworks, Sunday River’s dedicated tuning facility, and the top-of-the-line Wintersteiger tuning machine will be relocated here. Other features of the new space will include:

  • bike cleaning stations,
  • five downdraft tuning benches,
  • state of the art Wintersteiger storage for skis, snowboards, and boots,
  • a lounge for pre- & post-training talks,
  • and the Ski- & Snowboard Building classroom.

“This center exemplifies Gould’s commitment to enhancing and expanding the student athletes experience here at Gould.

Dereck Treadwell
mountain biking & cycling program director

The Kailey Competition Center is still the slopeside home of Gould at Sunday River, but the Performance Center is where it all starts. Students and coaches will start their day and depart from here each morning as they head to the mountain with a common purpose. One considerable challenge at the mountain is space. The new Performance Center will feature state-of-the-art Wintersteiger ski, snowboard, and boot storage that are efficient and will allow programs to better utilize the space at the Comp. Center.

The Performance Center will feature state of the art Wintersteiger storage racks to maximize efficiency.
Wintersteiger racks: Store more gear in less space

Gould athletes have been reaching great heights for many years on the slopes of Sunday River and the trails of Pine Hill, but until now, you might not see or feel the connection to those programs on campus. The Performance Center will demonstrate Gould’s strong commitment to these high-performance pursuits and will put the hard work of our students and coaches on display for all to see.

A rendering of the performance center showing the storage of skis.
The Gould Performance Center will be an impressive sight to see, and a symbol of Gould’s commitment to high-performance sports and our elite athletes and coaches.

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