Grand Valley State University Laker Turf Building
4090 Lake Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Date Bid: June 2007
Construction Period: May 2007 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 137,662 Site: 8 acres. Number of Buildings:
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.
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
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