The Centers for Sport and Performing Arts comprise a multiple building and field complex that has enhanced the academic, artistic, athletic and recreational opportunities of the student population, supporting new recruitment and enhancing student retention in a competitive marketplace. The LEED-certified complex has created a vibrant quadrangle—a COST PER SQ FT$360.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation student-oriented campus hub for the largely commuter-based population.
Historic Woodruff Hall—originally designed by McKim Mead and White—and a 76,000-square-foot addition house recreation facilities and offices, labs, faculty offices, classrooms and a pool. A glass lobby is the primary entry for the expanded building, with views of three levels of athletic spaces, the quadrangle, a nearby golf course and second-floor Panther Lounge. A below-grade three-court gymnasium with retractable bleacher seating for 2,400 has an at-grade jogging track to be used as an events concourse. A new underground garage beneath a varsity athletic field provides parking for 310 cars.
Theater, dance and music departments occupy the western building, formed by the existing Olmsted Theater and 50,000-square-foot addition. Music spaces include practice rooms, teaching studios, classrooms, digital and electronic music laboratories, an orchestral rehearsal hall doubling as a small recital venue, and a 500-seat multi-use auditorium. Theater programs enjoy expanded technical support space around Olmsted Theater, offices and a new black-box theater. Dance receives new offices and changing space, and four large studios. Lobby spaces and amenities connect the venues, and a new main entry opens to the quadrangle.
A vocabulary of simple geometric forms, creating solids and voids, are arranged to shape the exterior space, creating an overall unified composition, including Woodruff Hall. The glazed lobby entrance to the Sports Center connects to Woodruff while maintaining its stylistic integrity, and establishes an east/west-view corridor through the new lobby to the golf course beyond and back to the campus core.
The Performing Arts Center wraps itself around the existing Olmsted Theater, completely reimaging the facility from South Avenue and the east. Dance studios and classrooms are positioned to activate the north and east facades. A large skylighted central lobby is shared by the three performance spaces and is sized for simultaneous events.
The exterior finishes have been selected for durability and aesthetics. Red brick integrates the complex into the campus. Grey metal mechanical penthouses evoke the slate roofscape of Woodruff and the campus. Glazed sections connect the solid red brick masses and create visual transparency, enabling views in and out of the complex.