University of Delaware, Carpenter Sports Building

Newark, Delaware

  • FIRM

    Hughes Group Architects


    University of Delaware

  • AREA

    226,000 sq.ft.





The expansion and renovation of the Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware have created a vibrant hub for contemporary student life that is now connected to the historic fabric of the university. The forms, materials and details of the Carpenter Center Addition were designed to enhance the most historic quad on the University of Delaware Campus. Three of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY3,600COST PER SQ FT$88.94FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation university’s oldest buildings create the context for this addition.

The existing Carpenter Center facility was composed of two World War II aircraft hangers that were converted to gymnasiums. Now masked by the new expansion, these elements have been fully renovated for a sustainable future.

During the programming effort, recreational space needs were fully analyzed and then sorted into a logical linear progression based on anticipated demand. At the same time, every space in the existing facility was evaluated for highest, best-use potential. A phased renovation and expansion plan was developed that synchronized all of the proposed improvements with the university’s academic calendar.