Houghton College, Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex

Houghton, New York

Design team
Kenneth R. Gay II, RA, LEED AP BD+C; Paul L. Bedford, AIA; Kanti Patel; Kenneth D. Ellsworth, P.E.; Mark W. Parker, P.E., CPESC

As Houghton College transitioned to NCAA Division III athletics, it sought to expand its athletic facilities. In phase 1, the soccer stadium was re-surfaced to make it a five-sport facility. During phase 2, separate ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$160.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities and baseball stadiums were constructed. All three fields have artificial turf to optimize usage. Phase 3 completed the complex with a 115,000-square-foot fieldhouse.
The goal of the complex was to not only meet the needs of Houghton College, but also expose prospective students to the college. The facility is a regional hub for athletic and non-athletic activities and provides an economic boost to the area.
Situated on a sloping site, the stadiums were constructed to take advantage of the site features and provide a unique spectator experience. The softball stadium features an elevated spectator bridge, and the baseball complex features hillside picnic-style seating. In the center of the complex, the 6,500-person capacity fieldhouse features an eight-lane track, six tennis courts, training facilities, administration and conference facilities and outdoor concessions for the entire complex.