A Grade Above the Rest - Santa Clara University

Earlier this year, the Santa Clara University Department of Athletics unveiled a stunning addition to their Leavey Center—a dramatic new basketball and volleyball court. The floor, which was designed by Nike’s Vice President of Design and Special Projects, Tinker Hatfield, features a stain-painting of the University’s iconic centerpiece, the Mission Church.

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Timber Products Company and Michigan Harwood Lumber Division were excited to take part in one of the biggest Santa Clara Athletics projects of the past decade by providing maple hardwood lumber certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.

“The feedback has been tremendous,” said Renee Baumgartner, Director of Athletics at Santa Clara University. “The student-athletes are so proud of this campus and what it represents. It’s a really exciting time to be a Bronco.”

Window of Opportunity

At 14 years old, the original Leavey Center court was in dire need of an update, but due to existing athletic practice schedules, there was only a small window of time available for the renovation.

The remodel began in early March, just one day after the last basketball practice, and the final stain completed the project in mid-June.

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A New Era for Santa Clara Athletics

The installation of the new floor in the Leavey Center is only one page in this new chapter for Santa Clara Athletics.

“We're excited for that first day when our Broncos are playing a game on ESPN and the world gets to see the court,” said Baumgartner. “We're thrilled that Joe Gonyea, III and Timber Products have stepped up to help us achieve this incredible opportunity of being the first university to have a beautiful building image on their basketball court.”

Joseph H Gonyea, II (’60), Joe Gonyea, III (’84) and David Gonyea (’93) are all alumni of Santa Clara University, so this iconic court has special meaning to the Gonyea family.

Watch these videos for a detailed look at the entire remodeling process.

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