University of Arizona, The Eddie Lynch Athletic Pavilion and Heritage Hall at McKale Center

Tucson, Arizona

The educational program requirements called for two fundamentally different functions: the Strength Training/Treatment Center; and Heritage Hall, an exhibit, educational and reception facility.

A study revealed that an addition below the ground for the Strength/Training/Treatment Center was the best choice. The silver lining of this “underground” solution was the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio of Heritage Hall, which sits at ground level above, and provides a majestic plaza and inviting entryway into the athletic center.

The form of the additions contains a gently curving north wall and other radial components to complement, but not copy, the curved forms of the existing building. The massing and plan orientation of the project are designed to be a strong axial focus perpendicular to the mall and to define a “front door” for the building. To reinforce the new center of the building, the flanking segments of Heritage Hall diminish in both height and width as they move away from the middle and wrap around the building. The openness and transparency of the north elevation allow Heritage Hall to visually engage and participate with the mall in ways the previous building did not.