This new athletic facility, set among the athletic fields at Florida Gulf Coast University, provides multiple services to the athletic department, student athletes and the university as a whole. The program’s scope includes locker rooms, offices and a concession area on the ground floor. The second floor has offices, a student-resources lab and a multipurpose room ASSOCIATED FIRMErickson AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$192.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers the university’s baseball field. The multipurpose room makes use of floor-to-ceiling butt glazing to provide an unobstructed view of the athletic complex.
The building’s orientation, exterior concrete panels and fenestration directly reflect the varying characteristics of the interior functions. Using tilt-wall construction with interior steel framing provided an economic solution for the structure while allowing for creative solutions to interior space planning. The exterior materials are as much a part of the aesthetic as they are a solution to the unique requirements presented by the building’s adjacent uses. Site planning and design address the long-term vision and preparation inherent to institutional design and master planning.