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  Football Strength & Conditioning Facility, Syracuse University, Page 26Football Strength & Conditioning Facility, 
Syracuse University


Ashley McGraw Architects
500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

Syracuse, New York
Total Square Feet: 13,000 
Construction Period: Apr 2005 to Oct 2005

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Klepper Hahn & Hyatt - 5795 Widewaters Parkway, Syracuse, NY 13214
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Hayner Hoyt Corporation - 1820 Lemoyne Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13208
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: C & S Engineers - 499 Col. Eileen Collins Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13212

The Athletic Department of Syracuse University recognized the need for a new football strength and conditioning training facility to free up the existing training room for other athletic teams and to assist in football team recruiting efforts. The current trend with athletic departments across the country is to have the most appealing facilities in order to be competitive in recruiting. 

The training room is a living showcase full of life and activity. It is an addition to the Manley Field House, a circular domed building about 40 years old. Providing a powerful sense of arrival, the addition is integral to the Syracuse Football Hall of Fame housed in the Field House.

The two story high North and South glass walls permit transparency throughout the entire addition, providing views of athletes vigorously working out on machines on the main floor and on the mezzanine. 

The neutral color scheme of white, gray, aluminum and chrome provides a background for the vivid university colors of orange and blue.

The steel roof trusses are custom built to reflect the tension and compression quality of the array of training machines. Custom designed structural connections add to the modern architectural atmosphere. Mechanical systems are exposed, expressing the machine-like character of the ensemble.

Sun control was a major challenge for the designers. Direct rays are partially blocked by vertical fins on the east side and by a large freestanding sunshade on the West side.

As the Southern gateway to the University, the addition demonstrates that Syracuse University is contemporary and is always considering the future.

Div. 7: Membrane Roof: Sarnafil; Metal Panels: Alucobond. 
Div. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: EFCO Corporation; Low E Glass: Solargray® by PPG; Skylights: Wasco; Doors & Frames: Steelcraft.
Div. 10: Sunshades: EFCO Corporation.

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