Handle University’s training center in Urbandale consists of 13,000 SF gym and 7,000 SF office space for Concordia Group. The projects main focus was designing around the reuse of the gym hardwood flooring purchased by founder John Lamb at an auction from University of Iowa after the renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The hardwood was used by the Iowa basketball team from 2002 to 2016. Handle University’s goal is to help their students of all skill levels reach their highest potential by teaching proper technique and bringing the focus back to the ball handling components of the game. The design was centered on having a functional space that met all of Concordia Groups needs and had a certain level of sophistication while incorporating a fun, youthful and high energy aspect within Handle University’s space. Simonson assisted our clients in selecting the interior finishes as well as custom designed Concordia’s reception desk to best suit their needs.