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Size:30,000 square feet
Awards:AIA WHV High Honor Award, American Schools & Universities Outstanding Project
The Smith Field House project involved an addition that joined multiple disconnected athletic facilities—including a gymnasium, wrestling pavilion, squash courts and ice rink—to create a central athletic hub on campus. At approximately 30,000sf, the field house is now the largest building on campus, and it houses a gymnasium with two full basketball courts with upper-level spectator seating, a half court with workout space, a new main entry and lobby space, a terrace gathering spaces and an Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Room.
The two-court gymnasium utilizes hybrid timber and steel trusses with peaked top chords and arching bottom chords to support the roof structure and maximize vertical clearance. The gymnasium also features large clerestory windows that create a dramatic and light-filled space. A lower level commons provides connection to an upper level hall of fame and spectator seating space that overlooks the gymnasium and provides connection to some of the existing athletic facilities including the existing Hubbard Gymnasium.
A new main entrance achieved the goal of creating a distinct point of entry with a significant architectural presence. The new entry also grants direct, parking-lot accessibility and contains an elevator for handicapped access. The project also included improvements to the existing Hubbard Gymnasium, which received new floors, shot clocks, backboards, and team benches. The project also included renovations to locker rooms, training room, restrooms, office and meeting spaces. A second phase of the project will also renovate locker rooms, create a separate student athlete entrance, renovate squash courts and create a new fitness center.