Texas Tech University, The Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes

Lubbock, Texas

The Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes is a unique facility designed to support the academic success of Texas Tech’s student athletes. The facility includes two classrooms, two computer labs, numerous tutoring rooms, a study lounge, administrative offices and a conference room. The center features a Hall of Honor to recognize the academic performance of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMMWM ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$185.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas Tech’s student athletes. In addition to enhancing academic performance of student athletes, the center functions as the primary facility to administer Texas Tech’s student athlete life-skills program. It also is used as a meeting facility for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and for other athletic and campus meetings and events. 

The Hall of Honor is the focal point of the project. Placed in the center of the building, it separates the administrative areas from the teaching and learning areas of the building. In true fashion of the campus standard Spanish Renaissance architecture, the Hall of Honor was placed in perfect alignment with the main axis through campus. Materials such as brick veneer, cast stone, clay roof tiles and copper flashing also express the traditional Spanish Renaissance style. 

One of the largest challenges of this project was the placement of the mechanical system. Texas Tech typically places mechanical units in basements. However, because of the concentration of utility tunnels directly below the building site, the mechanical system was placed on the roof. The unit is 12 feet wide, 10 feet high, 32 feet long and weighs about 32,000 pounds. Therefore, the design of the building was influenced by the requirement to conceal the mechanical unit from ground level.