Florida A&M University's (FAMU) Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium, a 135,000 square foot multipurpose facility,
- Hosts FAMU Commencement and Convocation ceremonies;
- Seats approximately 8,470 spectators with portable floor seating and the fixed seats around the arena;
- Contains classrooms, a dance studio, the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) offices, a banquet room, a kitchen, and the Athletics women’s and men’s basketball offices on the fourth floor;
- Accommodates up to 80 persons for dining in the banquet room. The kitchen is designed to warm and serve food prepared offsite and brought to the banquet room for serving.
- Contains offices for the head athletic trainer and the team physician in the Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Clinic, a separate hydrotherapy area featuring a Swimmex therapeutic pool, and an examination and treatment area and rehabilitation area.
The Lawson Center houses:
- The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the men’s and women’s basketball programs;
- The human performance laboratory which is approximately 800 square feet and contains a metabolic cart, ECG machine, physiograph, research grade treadmill, bicycle ergometers, force platform, body composition analyzers, and other devices to gauge human performance;
- Classrooms equipped with multimedia equipment and distance learning capability used primarily for instruction in health and physical education;
- The 3000 sq. foot HPER fitness center, containing resistance and cardiovascular conditioning equipment;
- A computer laboratory seating 20 computer workstations;
- A TV/media production room, which is capable of broadcasting events occurring in the teaching gymnasium.
- Men’s and women’s basketball meeting rooms;
- Men’s and women’s dressing rooms and men’s and women’s visiting team dressing rooms and HPER day student locker rooms;
- A security/police satellite station, which will have a regular security presence and numerous cameras around the building, which will be constantly monitored at the campus police station.