The goal for this two-phased project was to more comfortably accommodate athletic contests and special events at Crisler Arena by improving systems and fan amenities in a tired facility blessed with inherently “good bones.”
Existing concourses were inverted by relocating service elements on the low-ceiling side of the concourse. This opened up the ASSOCIATED FIRMSinks Combs DethlefsCOST PER SQ FT$198.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers spatially, allowing for the generous introduction of natural light and views. A new “front door” equipped with escalators offers a welcoming and convenient complex entry.
Along with an improved seating arrangement, (including a selection of upgrades), air conditioning, lighting and sound augmentation, the newly barrier-free facility is state-of-the-art and the ultimate fan experience.
The Crisler Center is registered with the United States Green Building Council and is targeted for LEED silver certification. Materials and systems were selected in accordance with the LEED scoring system.
An additional university requirement was to exceed ASHRAE energy consumption standards by 30 percent. Natural lighting, low-VOC materials, sustainable wood products, and intelligent mechanical and electrical systems work together successfully to achieve these goals.