Immaculata University, Draper Walsh Stadium

Immaculata, Pennsylvania

Immaculata University is carrying out a 10-year campus expansion master plan to support its 2004 conversion to a co-ed institution. Development includes new and improved intercollegiate, intramural and recreational athletic venues.

The Draper Walsh Stadium project is the centerpiece of a larger West Campus Athletic District. It includes grandstand seating for 1,000, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$325.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized amenities, team pavilions for home and visiting athletic teams, new walkways, walkway lighting, and landscaping to connect to the greater campus master plan. The design response to what typically are utilitarian public assembly buildings and accessory service structures was to compose and finish them efficiently, economically and modestly, but as a recognizable home for athletic programs.

The aesthetic “transitional modern” style with flat single-sloped roofs, protective overhanging eaves, simple geometries and clean lines define the building masses, and the rich textural and compositional vocabulary of the core campus buildings was a primary source of inspiration for guiding the development. One can see a clear hierarchy of these architectural elements: rusticated bases, smooth masonry upper walls, string courses, corresponding eave lines and the placement of windows in defined zones. Once spectators are seated, they are given a beautiful and scenic view back toward the iconic domes of the central campus’ Villa Maria Hall and Chapel domes.

The stadium now provides a new visual focus and boundary to the western edge of the campus.