The Leonard E. Merrell Center

Katy, Texas

  • FIRM

    PBK

  • CLIENT

    Katy Independent School District

  • AREA

    170,883 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $21,651,650.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    3/2005

Showcasing a 7,000-seat competition arena, several large common spaces and a full-service banquet kitchen, the Leonard E. Merrell Center is a true community multipurpose gathering and entertainment venue. In addition to serving as the districtwide facility for graduation ceremonies, the center hosts sporting events, concerts, trade shows, conventions ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY126COST PER SQ FT$7,000.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized meetings.

Several flexible, multipurpose prefunction areas have been programmed into the corridors surrounding the arena bowl. Just inside the center’s front doors is a 6,300-square-foot prefunction area with dedicated sound and lighting systems, television screens and room for 390 spectators. Smaller multifunctional areas are programmed adjacent to concession stands for meeting activities.

The arena’s lighting and sound systems offer preset controls for varying events. Professional-grade portable basketball goals sit at opposite ends of a removable wooden gym floor (208 separate pieces). At opposite ends of the arena, two large LED video screens keep spectators informed of scores and event statistics. Four unisex locker rooms accommodate both teams on the floor, as well as teams waiting to play.