Syracuse University’s athletic department recognized the need for a new football strength and conditioning training facility to free up the existing weightroom for other athletic teams and to help with football recruiting efforts.
Now part of a grand entry sequence to the Football Hall of Fame, this 11,140-square-foot facility defines the exterior space of CAPACITY174COST PER SQ FT$227.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized complex. From the main approach to the football wing, the weightroom appears solid and monolithic with its precast walls. Once at the weightroom, the north and south walls open up with full-height window walls. This affords spectacular views into the facility, showcasing student athletes and the latest weight and aerobics equipment. The neutral building palette of steel, aluminum, gray and white is an appropriate background for the orange, blue and chrome weight equipment.
The technical nature of the weight equipment—tension and compression—is expressed in the exposed structure of the building with specialized steel members and connections, exposed acoustic metal deck and ductwork. As the weight equipment is celebrated, so is the structure.