Central Texas College, The Sports Facility

Killeen, Texas

This sports facility includes a weight-room, basketball court, aerobic area and natatorium with eight 25-meter lanes. The complex also features a football/soccer field with a 400-meter running track, a baseball field, sand volleyball courts and tennis courts. The complex was created on 30 acres of undeveloped agricultural land with no utilities ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$158.70FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized place.

A two-lane loop road connects the complex with the main campus and alleviates congestion. With 30 feet of fall across the site, the engineers balanced the grading cut and fill to create the road, the ball fields, and a handicapped-accessible winding pathway that leads to the playing fields. The pathway, which also surrounds the sports complex, is a paved, one-mile jog/walk path.

A lack of adequate water pressure for the fire-sprinkler system presented a challenge. The swimming pool provided a unique solution; instead of building a water tank outside, water from the pool is used to supply the fire sprinklers.

Arched entryways and a red-tiled roof complement the 1960s-style Spanish/Mediterranean design of the main campus.