Populous designs Cleveland Cavs’ Elite Performance Center

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic and Bedrock Real Estate have revealed the first official renderings of the Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center. Situated on the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, the Center will focus on enhancing athletes’ overall performance and serve as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new home. The facility is slated to be one of the world’s largest training facilities. 

The new Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center — a 210,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in downtown Cleveland, is slated to be one of the world’s largest training facilities:

  • The Performance Center will offer comprehensive care for the general public, including athletes from the Cavs and from all sports and levels.
  • The design inspiration was sparked from three principles: embracing the Cuyahoga River, creating a local icon and elevating the athlete’s experience.
  • This facility is a substantial investment in the City of Cleveland, its people, athletes and future generations.

Jonathan Mallie, Senior Principal, Populous, said:

Populous’ design of the Global Peak Performance Center will catalyse the Cuyahoga Riverfront development and energise the City of Cleveland. The building’s design connects the movement of the river with the motion of the athlete, blending seamlessly with the industrial character of its environment.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic and Bedrock Real Estate have revealed the first official renderings of the Cleveland Clinic Global Peak Performance Center. Situated on the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, the Center will focus on enhancing athletes’ overall performance and serve as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new home. It also slated to be one of the world’s largest training facilities 

About Cleveland Cavaliers  

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2016 NBA Champions and the 2007, 2015-2018 Eastern Conference champions. The team plays and operates Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse are part of Rock Entertainment Group. The Group also includes the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL, the Cleveland Charge of the NBA G League, Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League, Legion Lair Lit by TCP home of Cavs Legion in Cleveland, and Cleveland Clinic Courts.


The Cavaliers are frequently recognised for their extensive community support and engagement programs and contributions, workplace diversity and inclusion leadership, and an on-going economic impact that now registers in the billions of dollars locally. Dan Gilbert is Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilbert and his Family of Companies have now invested over $1.6 billion in Cleveland. Gilbert is also Founder and Chairman of Rocket Mortgage, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, and Founder and Chairman of ROCK, the For-More-Than-Profit Family Office for the Gilberts and their Family of Companies. Nic Barlage is the Cavaliers, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Rock Entertainment Group CEO, and the Cavaliers team is led by President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman, General Manager Mike Gansey and Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff.


About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical centre that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion, and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey.

Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,699-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries.


About Bedrock 

Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specialising in innovative city building strategies. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $7.5 billion to acquire, develop and operate more than 140 properties in Detroit and Cleveland with landmark developments at the Hudson’s Site, Book Tower, City ModernTower City Center and the May Company Building.


Bedrock’s projects include new construction, adaptive reuse and a portfolio totaling more than 21 million square feet of office, retail, residential, industrial, hospitality and parking.


About Rock Entertainment Group 

Formed in 2021, Rock Entertainment Group (REG) is the corporate umbrella for the Dan Gilbert Family of Companies (FOC) sports and entertainment properties. REG includes the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters, NBA G League Cleveland Charge and Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League. REG also operates Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Legion Lair Lit by TCP in Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavs training and development centre in Independence, Ohio.


A transformative leader in sports and entertainment, Rock Entertainment Group is also a premium experience provider that offers clients and partners an integrated business platform to bring their vision and ideas to life. REG provides expertise in marketing, sponsorship, event planning, hospitality, customer service, production, and operations as the full-service solution to drive commercial growth. REG’s portfolio includes global esports and gaming lifestyle brand 100 Thieves, and Tennis in the Land, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 250 tournament and the largest annual women’s sporting event in Ohio.


About Populous 

Populous is a global design firm that designs the places where people love to be together, like the Olympics, World Cups and Super Bowls. Over the last 40 years, the firm has designed more than 3,000 projects worth $40 billion at the intersection of sports, entertainment, arts and culture.

Populous’ comprehensive services include architecture, interior design, event planning and overlay, branded environments, wayfinding and graphics, planning and urban design, landscape architecture, aviation and transport design, hotels and hospitality, and sustainable design consulting. Populous has offices on four continents with regional centres in Kansas City, London and Brisbane.

Source & imagery, courtesy: Populous

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