Tahlequah Public Schools, Multipurpose Center

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

The new multipurpose building at Tahlequah Public Schools was designed in response to an antiquated and crowded site on the landlocked campus. Numerous makeshift facilities were replaced with a single multipurpose building on a modest budget. The building was meant to serve the school as well as the nearby Northeastern Oklahoma University and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$97.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities community.

The school has a broad, well-supported athletic program and needed more basketball and wrestling event seating, as well as practice spaces. "Multipurpose use" was the catch phrase driving the design. Retractable bleachers were used for a portion of the 1,800-seat capacity, enabling flexibility on the NCAA-size court floor for basketball cross courts and wrestling tournaments.

A warming kitchen was placed adjacent to the lobby, providing cafeteria space and concessions/lobby space for the high school and gym. Locker rooms accommodate all sports programs as well as physical-education classes. Training room facilities include whirlpools, equipment and access for all school sports. A hospitality room off the lobby has a view of the basketball court. Video coverage of events is broadcast at the concessions area.

All finishes were chosen for ease of maintenance and minimization of life costs while providing a first-class facility.