Saint Xavier University, Convocation & Athletic Center

Chicago, Illinois

  • FIRM

    VMC Architects, Inc.


    Saint Xavier University

  • AREA

    95,000 sq.ft.





The building program for the Convocation and Athletic Center (CAC) was developed to encompass diverse interests and needs, including athletics, recreation, commencement exercises, student-life functions, multimedia productions and fund raising.

The height, massing, colors and textures of the exterior were designed with sensitivity to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,420COST PER SQ FT$105.26FEATURED IN2001 Educational Interiors2001 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers single-family residences. Inside, the roof structure is completely exposed. Ground-face block walls and stained concrete floors were chosen to minimize construction costs and maximize durability. The interior is softened by maple floors, cabinetry and furnishings that complement the school’s colors of scarlet and gray.

The CAC features four competition basketball courts, six competition volleyball courts, a four-lane, 200-meter running track, two racquetball courts, a fitness room, training/therapy room and a dance/aerobics room. The CAC also houses the athletic department offices, the campus bookstore and a snack bar. The Cougar Dome seats 2,420 during athletic events and 3,500 during major ceremonies.