With the Palm Beach Atlantic University main campus located in the middle of downtown West Palm Beach, Florida right along the Intercoastal Waterway and just a few minutes walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, one might be surprised at how the campus has grown since the University was established in 1968. With high-rise downtown buildings including emerging residential, business, and shopping ventures on all sides, the PBA campus has certainly been blessed in terms of strategic planning and land space to build a vibrant campus atmosphere.
In total, PBA includes more than 25 buildings on campus including nine residential facilities. This webpage is meant to provide prospective student-athletes and visitors with an idea of what to expect before you visit campus and provide you with pictures, video, and virtual tours as to the many amazing facilities the Lord has blessed our great University with.
As a student-athlete, you are most likely very interested in what PBA has to offer in terms of athletic facilities. Below you can view pictures and a virtual tour of the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation which is a 65,000 square foot facility located in the heart of campus that houses the Rubin Arena, locker rooms, athletic training facility, fitness center, recreational space, PBA Sports Hall of Fame, and the PBA Athletic Department among many of its amenities. Built in 1998, this facility was named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Greene III who is formerly the PBA Chairman of the Board and remains a valued trustee.
Rubin Arena- This 2,000 seat arena is the home of the Sailfish men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the women’s volleyball team. Located within the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation, the Rubin Arena has two levels of seating that surround the main floor that feature a full-length basketball court for varsity contests, the ability to occupy two volleyball courts, as well as auxiliary basketball goals that lower from the ceiling. This multi-use facility also is equipped with an electricly-lowered batting cage in the west mezzanine that can be used for off-season training for the Sailfish baseball and softball teams. The arena also features a unique side room known as “The Team Room” where various athletic teams gather either during games (pregame, halftime, etc.) or for film-review or devotional times as a part of their practice sessions.
Mahoney Auxiliary Gymnasium- The Mahoney Gymnasium is another valued space of student recreation and athlete training and preparation. With the ability to divide the room into two separate practice areas by an electric-running divider, the Mahoney Gym is often times used for offseason training or general student recreation. It is complete with four ceiling-suspended electric basketball goals including two full-length courts for basketball or volleyball with the space sometimes also used for indoor soccer and other various games. A 1/16 mile two-lane walking or running track outlines the entire Mahoney Gymnasium and allows for indoor exercise when the South Florida heat becomes a concern.
Fitness Center- On the second floor of the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation houses a full-scale fitness and weights facility that is utilized by the entire PBA community. This large room houses equipment such as cardiovascular conditioning equipment including top-of-the-line treadmills, recumbent and upright cycles, ellipticals, stair stepper, rowing ergometers as well as muscular conditioning equipment including selectorized, plate-loaded and free weights. Adjourning the fitness center is a spacious group conditioning room available for team conditioning sessions or classes offered in Pilates, Yoga, and various forms of aerobics.
Athletic Training Room- A valuable tool in any student-athletes collegiate sports experience is the ability to rehabilitate and train an athlete’s body. Understanding that the proper facilities, equipment, and personnel are needed to make this a reality, the PBA athletic department is dedicated to providing exceptional support in the form of athletic training. PBA has two full-time certified athletic trainers on staff as well as a student support staff and full physician support staff available. The PBA training room is split into two areas. The larger of the two rooms houses both athletic trainers’ offices as well as a full treatment area including ice machines, modalities including ultra sound and electric stimulation equipment, whirlpool tubs, and a number of treatment and taping tables. The second room is used strictly for rehabilitation purposes and features a full rehab facility including all the necessary equipment for rehabilitating student-athletes coming back from injury or post-surgery.
Athletic Department and Offices- The PBA Athletic Department is conveniently located within the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation and contains coaches offices for all 11 varsity sports, the athletic director and administrative team including Compliance, Academic Services, and Sports Information as well as other members of athletic support. With regular open office hours as well as ample meeting space, the PBA Athletic Department can be a valued space for student-athletes and their families to meet coaches and the other athletic staff.
Additional Features- The Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation is the current home for PBA Athletics but it also contains the Campus Recreation and Intramurals Department, as well as classroom space, racquetball courts, locker rooms, the PBA Sports Hall of Fame, and an on-campus eating option called Common Ground Café. There are two glass-enclosed racquetball courts, four locker rooms (two varsity and two public locker rooms), as well as four full-size classrooms in the building. The Common Ground Café is a popular choice for students throughout the year that offers quick, “on-the-go” meal options as well as a full-scale concessions area for home athletic contests in the Rubin Arena.
Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus- The future home of all PBA outdoor sports, the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus is located only 1.5 miles from PBA’s downtown West Palm Beach main campus site. A near 100 acre property along Interstate 95, this facility is expected to change the landscape by which PBA athletic teams practice, host contests, as well as provide the University with the ability to host outside tournaments and events. Still in the planning and fundraising stages, this campus is scheduled to include two softball fields, one baseball stadium, a soccer stadium, 12 tennis courts, a cross country course, and other support features such as outdoor batting cages, racquetball courts, basketball courts, and practice fields as well.
This property is also set to have a city park on its premises that will welcome in outside community members to take advantage of a great recreational space. There is also going to be a large-scale building that will entail new offices, locker rooms, fitness and training facilities, as well as an athletic training suite.
Athletic Host Sites
While the Sailfish basketball and volleyball teams call the Rubin Arena home on PBA’s main campus, the Sailfish outdoor teams play their home games at various venues around the city until the completion of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker athletic campus. Below you can see information and pictures about where each Sailfish team calls home.
Magic Jack Field (Men’s and Women's Soccer)- Host to the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s and women's soccer team for home matches, “Magic Jack Field” is located between Southern Boulevard and Summit Blvd in West Palm Beach. This facility has an incredible field surface as well as a new locker room, athletic training equipment, and space for fans and visitors to watch the Fish compete. There is also a second field for warm-ups and practice that is utilized as well.
Gaines Park (Men’s and Women’s Tennis)- A public park that also includes soccer, baseball, and softball fields on site, Gaines Park is the host for PBA men’s and women’s tennis for both practice and regular competition. Equipped with 8 lighted courts and a space for fans to catch all the action, Gaines Park is only a few miles away from the main campus and gives fans the opportunity to follow the Fish all season long.
One of the great aspects of being a Palm Beach Atlantic student is the wonderful resources and facilities that our campus has been blessed with to help make your educational experience everything it can be. With new or improved academic and residential facilities being produced each year, every student-athlete has an opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Take a moment to review some of these resources below.
Warren Library- Perhaps the “crown jewel” of all facilities on the Palm Beach Atlantic campus, the Warren Library opened its doors in 2007 and is named for Dr. Donald E. and Bebe Warren in recognition of their dedication and support of quality Christian higher education. This 86,000 square feet four-story facility includes amenities such as study and instruction rooms, over 125 computer and learning stations, a coffee shop Café and over 350,000 volumes accessible to students, faculty, and staff for the purpose of higher learning. Accessible power and date ports are just some of the technological advances incorporated into this 21st century learning facility. Einstein's is a hotspot for students to stop in for a quick hot drink such as coffee or a cappuccino but also has a variety of deserts, pastries, smoothies, and other various dining options.
Desantis Family Chapel- With chapel attendance required for all PBA students, each student has the opportunity to worship and experience God in the beautiful atmosphere of the Desantis Family Chapel. Located at the edge of campus and facing the hustle and bustle of downtown West Palm Beach, this intimate yet spacious facility is host to not only weekly chapel services and classes but also utilized for campus events such as “Christival” and other special series events throughout the semester.
Rinker Green- Perhaps the busiest and most active place on campus would be what is commonly known as The Rinker Green. Located in between the Lassiter Student Center and the Rinker School of Business and Residence Hall, this common traffic area is also known as a place for students and faculty to hang out, eat lunch outside, or take in many of the campus activities held here. Student clubs and activities are often times promoted in this area of campus due to its high volume of people. The Student Center offers a number of important offices on campus including Student Development, the Dining Hall, Campus Post Office, Student Success Center, and Student Activities among many others. The Rinker School of Business is home to one of PBA’s most popular majors and features a multi-facet building of classroom and faculty office space, residential living, and meeting areas.
Gregory School of Pharmacy and Vera Lea Rinker Hall- Two of the newest and biggest facilities on campus also house two growing and important areas of academics at Palm Beach Atlantic: the School of Pharmacy and the School of Fine Arts. One of the fastest growing areas of academics in the nation is a degree involving a Pharmacy major. Blessed with one of the finest facilities in the nation regarding this field, the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy began enrolling students in 2001 and opened its doors to this brand new facility in 2004. This distinctive 45,000 square foot facility is constructed of four floors that house such facilities of: a Drug Information Center, the Walgreens Patient Care Services Lab, Meditation Chapel, a student lounge, and a number of computer labs.
Right beside the pharmacy building is Vera Lea Rinker Hall which houses the School of Fine Arts including music, dance, and visual arts. This four-story facility contains some of the finest performance and fine arts training facilities in the area that include such specialties as: a 159-seat recital hall, ensemble rehearsal rooms, a computer/piano lab, practice rooms, studios, and a visual arts laboratory. This building aides students in their talents in all the fine arts while providing some of the best resources available to their disposal.
PBA offers each undergraduate student the opportunity to live on campus within walking distance to their classes and other activities. A total of nine residential facilities currently grace the campus of PBA including a number of residence halls built within the past 10 years. The residential landscape basically breaks down into three different types of living options: traditional residence hall-style, suite-style, and apartment style living. Each of these styles incorporates features such as lounges, study rooms, laundry facilities, and kitchen space. Certain halls and rooms even provide views of the Intercoastal Waterway.
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