Construction Begins On Game-Changing Facilities

STOCKTON, Calif. - Construction of Pacific's $1.5 million Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center and Roy and Jean Sanders Clubhouse for the $4 million Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center are expected to employ 170 construction workers between now and when the two facilities open in spring 2017, pumping an estimated $7.6 million into the county economy.

The projects are part of an ambitious long-range plan to provide Pacific students and the broader community with some of the finest athletics facilities on the West Coast.

The Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center, an expansion of the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium, is the latest upgrade to Pacific Athletics facilities to help student-athletes succeed in West Coast Conference competition. The 2,861-square-foot performance center, which will provide exercise equipment and weights for weight and conditioning training and a "fuel station" offering quick and nutritious snacks for student-athletes, is being made possible in part by a $1 million donation form Kathleen Lagorio-Janssen and Dean Janssen, prominent Central Valley philanthropists and business leaders.

"Dean and I couldn't be happier to make this gift. Our Tigers deserve the highest quality facilities, and we are proud to be able to support them," Lagorio-Janssen, chair of the university's Board of Regents and an alumna of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, said in making the donation announced in August.

The Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium, widely recognized as one of the premier training gymnasiums in the West Coast Conference, was built in 2009 with a leadership gift from the Janssens. The gymnasium serves as the practice facility for Pacific's basketball and volleyball teams, as well as for campus recreational sports, and is a popular venue for community and special events.

"The Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium has had a tremendous impact at Pacific and in the greater Central Valley region," said Ted Leland, Pacific's athletics director. "The Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center, made possible by Dean and Kathy's latest gift, ensures that our student-athletes will have access to world-class facilities and empower Pacific Athletics to continue to recruit and train the best and brightest student-athletes."

Construction of the Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center will coincide with the construction of the 4,262-square-foot Roy and Jean Sanders Clubhouse for the $4 million Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, another donor-sponsored expansion of Athletics facilities slated to open in spring 2017. Patios and shaded areas will bring the clubhouse project to 9,500 square feet. The tennis center was made possible in part by a $1.5 million donation by former Tiger and professional tennis player Eve Zimmerman and gifts from Doug Eberhardt and the Bank of Stockton. The gifts are among the most significant to Pacific Athletics in university history. Together the two projects are expected to employ 170 construction workers and generate $7.6 million in economic impacts across San Joaquin County.

In recent years, Pacific Athletics has added and upgraded several facilities to allow student-athletes to better perform and succeed in the WCC and other conferences. Among those facilities are new field hockey and soccer fields, the Raney Sand Volleyball Courts, upgrades to the Bill Simoni Field for softball, and a baseball batting and training facility adjacent to the Klein Family Field, where the university's baseball team plays.

Pacific rejoined the West Coast Conference during the 2012-13 season, a move that allowed the university to directly compete against nine other private nonprofit universities on the West Coast, including Gonzaga, Brigham Young and Santa Clara. Pacific has 18 NCAA Division I sports, including 13 in the WCC. The move also required adding sports, such as the men's soccer team, and upgrading athletic facilities, which will allow Pacific Athletics to recruit and train student-athletes to succeed in the WCC.  

Outside Pacific Athletics, Pacific is building a $36 million, 381-bed student housing project that is expected to create nearly 330 jobs and pump $57 million into the regional economy. The 158,000-square-foot Upper Division Housing project includes two four-story residence halls on campus north of the Calaveras River and south of Brookside Road. It is being located on what had been the university's tennis courts and a small portion of an adjacent recreation field. Tennis operations shifted in March to the newly constructed Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center south of the Calaveras River and closer to other Athletics facilities.


Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center Fact Sheet

  • Adds 2,800 square feet to alredy existing 23,000 square foot Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium 
  • State-of-the-art conditioning equipment including power racks and cardio and agility equipment
  • High performance sport flooring
  • Enhanced audio system
  • Sparta Technology Workstation – additional force plate and 2 high definition displays for warm-up video and force plate results
  • Nutrition Counter in lobby for grab and go performance nutrition snacks and beverages
  • Enhanced landscape around new addition and McCaffrey Grove
  • Allows for programming 2 conditioning centers simultaneously which makes student-athletes and conditioning coaches training time more efficient
  • Expected to open May 2017 

Roy and Jean Sanders Clubhouse Fact Sheet

  • Adds 4,200 square feet to the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center 
  • Men's/Women's Team Rooms
  • Training Room
  • Facility Manager Office
  • Lounge/Healthy Market
  • Opens up on to Court #1
  • Shaded/fenced outdoor patio
  • Centered on Court #2
  • New scoreboards
  • Expected to open May 2017