Harvard University’s Ray Basketball Pavilion
Cambridge, MA – Bruner/Cott & Associates completed a $15.5 million revitalization of Harvard University’s historical Ray Lavietes Pavilion for the 2017/2018 basketball season. The 35,556sf restoration, renovation, and new construction initiative is the firm’s first sports facility project. The renewed pavilion provides modern amenities aligned with Harvard’s athletic aspirations. First constructed in 1926 as Briggs Athletic Center, the pavilion is the second-oldest basketball arena in NCAA Division I. It was subsequently named for Raymond (Ray) P. Lavietes, a Harvard basketball star and philanthropist who funded an earlier renovation of the facility. Basketball arena A major goal of the Bruner/Cott project was to celebrate the intimacy and historic charm of the structure and to showcase the story of Harvard basketball and athletics there. They worked to weave 21st-century amenities into the existing building fabric, highlighted by a new entrance arcade and carving out program space beneath the bleachers. The renewed Lavietes Pavilion offers athletes the comforts of modern amenities and adds needed workspace.