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  Southside High School Activity Center

Southside High School Activity CenterArchitect

Guest Reddick Architects
602 Garrison Avenue, #800, Fort Smith, AR 72901

General Description

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Date Bid: June 2007
Construction Period: July 2007 to July 2008
Total Square Feet: 49,335 Site: 24.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 47,040; second floor, 2,295;
total, 49,335 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 35’6”; total, 35’6”.
Basic Construction Type: Unprotected steel, Type IIB per IBC and AFPC Vol II.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, per & grade beam, reinforced,
slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Pre-engineered building, brick.
Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: E D M Consultants - 1230 Wicklow Drive, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Construction Manager & General Contractor: Circle M Construction Management - 12712 North State Highway 23, Ratcliff, AR 72951
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: HSA Engineering Consulting Services, Inc. - 5701 Euper Lane, #A, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Civil Engineer: Morrison Shipley Engineers - 5704 Euper Lane, Fort Smith, AR 72903

The Southside High School Activity Center opened in July 2008. The new building supports many of the high school's programs including football, baseball, softball, soccer, cheerleading, drill team and the marching band. The indoor turf is seventy yards long and over a full football field wide. The building is adjacent to the existing football stadium and the existing athletic building that includes locker rooms, weight rooms, coaches' offices and classrooms.

Several design issues were given thoughtful consideration during the planning process. The building had to compliment the existing buildings on campus. Blue towers were designed to define the entries and to relate to the new scoreboard. Skylights and translucent panels increase the amount of natural light and reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. The budget was also a major factor. A fundraising campaign was undertaken to raise $750,000 in private donations to supplement the school district's financial commitment. Many local contractors donated time or materials to the project. The lack of available land on campus dictated the building location in relation to the existing structures.

In addition to the field area, the building accommodates some support spaces. The school needed locker rooms for the spring sports (soccer, softball, track & field, cross country) and spirit groups. A 40- x 80-foot multi-use area is adjacent to the artificial field, separated by a chain link fence. This can be used for batting cages, wrestling mats, etc. A small mezzanine above the locker rooms is used for storage.


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