Southside High School Activity Center
Guest Reddick Architects
602 Garrison Avenue, #800, Fort Smith, AR 72901
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.
Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU,
metal stud drywall.
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.