Susquehanna University wanted to expand its campus recreation and fitness facilities to balance the needs of its varsity athletics program with the increased demand for intramural, general recreation and fitness space.
The new 51,000-square-foot fieldhouse features four multisport courts, an indoor six-lane 200-meter track, concessions stand, lounge area, sports ASSOCIATED FIRMHNTB-BostonCOST PER SQ FT$138.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio and training facilities, and an observation deck. To allow for a clear view of the newly constructed Lopardo Stadium as well as the adjoining track and field facilities, the design incorporates a floor-to-ceiling glass wall on the north face.
On the west side of the building, the school added a fitness center to provide more attractive and better-equipped space for fitness training. The 9,300-square-foot center features a curved-glass curtainwall. This design creates an open, inviting environment for the exercise rooms, aerobics studio and offices in the center.
"Strong visual connection from inside the building to the exterior. There is an openness in the design that enhances how it fits in with the existing buildings and site conditions."--2001 jury