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  Grand Valley State University Laker Turf Building

Grand Valley State University Laker Turf BuildingArchitect

Integrated Architecture
4090 Lake Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546

General Description

Allendale, Michigan
Date Bid:
June 2007
Construction Period: May 2007 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 137,662 Site: 8 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 123,053; second floor, 14,609; total, 137,662 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 75’ to peak; second floor, 61’ to peak; floor to floor, 14’; total, 75’
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: JDH Engineering, Inc. - 3000 Ivanrest, S.W., #B, Grandville, MI 49418
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Erhardt Construction Company - 6060 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Integrated Architecture - 4090 Lake Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546

The term "Fast Track" has an entirely different meaning at the Grand Valley State University Laker Turf Building. Offering a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track with nine sprint lanes, the building literally houses a fast track that is destined to be among the Midwest's premier competition indoor venues. Since its opening last August, NCAA track and field records have been falling like rain in April with seven events posting top speed and distance numbers in everything from the hurdles to the pole vault.

The track surrounds the 100-yard indoor football / lacrosse / soccer field, which serves the University's intramural and club sports while providing indoor practice space for GVSU Division II championship teams. A true multi-use facility, even football has to take its turn. When scheduling the initial spring practice, the coach discovered the field was booked for a 2-day soccer tournament. As a result, the inaugural practice was scheduled for midnight!

Functional, sustainable, cost-effective and student focused, the facility's design was shaped by the program, specifically the 100-yard field and indoor track. While the Laker Turf Building has an uncomplicated feel, it is a structurally complex long span building. It is intentionally positioned on the site to maximize available sunlight, solar heating and natural ventilation. Designed to earn a Gold LEED certification, its sustainable attributes include a geothermal heat pump that heats and cools the floors, an array of photovoltaic solar panels providing 20 KW of electricity, and 3,000 square feet of SolarWall paneling on the building's South wall that warms exterior air which is then added to the building's HVAC system, lowering its winter work load. The system also provides cooling in the summer by shading the south wall and assisting in the ventilation of hot interior air. Storm water is managed with a 9,000 square foot rain garden/retention pond system which collects the runoff from the massive roof to irrigate the adjacent athletic fields.

The clean, simple silver metal wall and roof panels along with oversized block walls help reduce the massive feel of the facility which earns much of its WOW factor from the sheer size and open plan.

With a check in desk at the main entrance and movement science multipurpose rooms, lockers, showers, and a training room on the lower level, the building offers a strength of purpose that comes from power of the open design. Spectator seating and circulation on the main level along with a Laker Wall of Fame, support GVSU's winning tradition. Durable, practical interior block masonry is appropriately finished in GVSU's Laker team colors: Blue and White.

Filled with natural light, the facility provides the GVSU winning teams a venue that reflects their championship status and gives students, faculty, and alumni an indoor place to play throughout Michigan's long winter.


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