Student Centre & Field House Davenport University Architect: Integrated Architecture Location: Caledonia, Michigan, USA Completion: 2008 NFA: 7,900 m2 Photography: Justin Maconochie & Brian Kelly
The student Centre & Field House literally moves the University’s three-year-old Caledonia Campus from a commuter college in a corn field to an established residential university offering amenities intended to enrich the collegiate experience while supporting the recruitment of students and student athletes. Designed to create a visible and dramatic impression from the nearby freeway, the facility reinforces the iconic image of the University that has come of age. 3.7-metre panes of glass progress around the top of the field house and auxiliary gym, radiating a sense of energy and light while defining a roof that visually floats above cast stone walls. The illuminated logo marks the campus edge, announcing a solid West Michigan presence.
Home to eighteen men’s and women’s collegiate sports teams, including the 2008 D II National Champion Hockey team, the building also houses coaches’ offices, locker rooms and a 1,500-seat field house, their first home court for basketball and volleyball teams. Team spirit embodied in the red and black school colours and panther mascot is reinforced in carpet tile, red leather chairs in the President’s Conference Room, and throughout the TV lounge, café and fitness club. Designed to become the hub for campus activities and student life events, the centre fills a key role in the development of a residential campus as it serves up amenities rivalling those found in universities ten times its size. From the towering climbing wall that stands guard at the student centre entrance to the light-filled auxiliary gym and running track that overlooks the courts, the centre creates a contemporary, student-focused environment with enclaves for studying, relaxing between classes, and simply hanging out. Glass walls and the open environment break the barrier between participant and viewer, creating views from the field house to the student centre, from the student centre to the fitness centre and the auxiliary gym. The resulting vibrant, lively environment supports opportunities to connect with fellow students – creating a true campus community. Views from inside to outside include the adjacent soccer/lacrosse field, perfect for watching games from what, at any other campus, would be stadium box seats reserved for corporate donors and VIP alumni. Filled with natural light and sustainable materials, the facility is in process of earning a LEED rating, certifying that the building is as healthy as the students who work, study and play within.
1. Night view from northeast 2. Student entry facing southeast 3. Night view from east
The Robbins Sports Floor of the Year Grand Prize recognised Integrated Architecture’s ability to illustrate the brand and quality of the institution through the design of the field house floor. Panther Spirit Roars through DU’s
Published on Mar 17, 2011
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