Georgia Tech Zelnak Basketball Practice Facility

With an eye toward helping Georgia Tech’s basketball teams with their practice scheduling and provide better resources for skill development, the Yellow Jackets utilized a former parking area to build a new basketball practice facility called the Zelnak Center.

CBRE | Heery provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for the 22,000 SF, $7.5 million basketball practice facility at Georgia Institute of Technology. The new facility is attached to the Alexander Memorial Coliseum and features a regulation basketball court, a half court to accommodate additional practice baskets, and strength and conditioning area. The basketball court is designed to closely mirror the playing surface at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, giving players on the nationally recognized collegiate teams a competitive player development environment in which to practice. It is dedicated entirely to practice and training space with very little seating on the perimeter of the court.

CBRE | Heery also provided a study analyzing the feasibility for a photovoltaic array system for the new facility. The roof structure was designed with the proper sloped and structural capacity to add a PV array, as the proposed system was to be mounted on the roof of the gym area. eQuest was used to simulate the performance of a 50 kW, 5000 SF PV system.

Key components of the project include:

  • Full-size court with eight baskets
  • 24-seat theater for video instruction
  • 2,500 SF Strength and Conditioning Center



Interior Design


Atlanta, GA


22,000 SF


LEED Gold Certification