State University - Indoor Practice Facility|
Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects, P.C.
712 Whalers Way, #B100, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Bid: Aug 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 65,325 Site: — Number of Buildings:
LEED® Gold Pending
Building Size: First floor, 17,136; second floor, 1,458; total,
65,325 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 65’; total, 65’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete,
slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Stone. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/yr.: 39.1.
LEED® Points Achieved
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process
Architect: Ratio Architects - 107 South Pennsylvania Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Structural Engineer: Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers - 12499
West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215
General Contractor: Saunders - 6950 South Jordan Road,
Centennial, CO 80112
Mechanical Engineer: The Ballard Group, Inc. - 2525 W. Wadsworth
Boulevard, Lakewood, CO 80227
Electrical Engineer: Innovative Electrical Systems, Inc. - 7550
West Yale, #B130, Denver, CO 80227
Cost Estimator: Capstone Planning and Control - 11001 West 120th
Avenue, #220, Broomfield, CO 80021
The Colorado State University Indoor Practice Facility was part of a
two-prong facility that also included a new student athlete-learning
center and weight/training facility at a separate location. Originally
conceived as a 100-yard indoor practice field, the program was later
changed to a 60-yard field for football/softball and a
basketball/volleyball practice court, eliminating the scheduling
conflicts of these overlapping sports. Located on the main campus near
other athletic facilities and surrounded by student housing, a lot of
consideration was given to the quality of materials, quality of the
design, and the scale of a 65' high clear span facility. Although
structurally designed using the engineering principals of a metal
building structure, the resemblance ends there.
Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects P.C. solicited the architecture firm of
Ratio Architects of Indianapolis, Indiana as part of the design team for
their expertise in indoor practice facilities. The swooping asymmetrical
bow roof was selected as a form that is contextual with the existing
nearby basketball Moby Arena and the CSU Ram horns logo. The
off-centered bow roof reduces the pedestrian scale of the north facade
creating interior space for a 70-meter straight running track. An
existing row of large street trees was maintained to soften the edge of
the north facade along a prominent street entering campus. Inverted
structural columns articulate the exterior surface creating relief in
the exterior facade and allowing for smooth, flush interior wall
surfaces, reducing injuries to athletes. Required as a campus
architectural material, local stone veneer was incorporated as a 12'
high wainscot that is proportional to the scale of the facades.
The core of the building incorporates storage space for sports
equipment, a training room, a large meeting room, football shoe storage
and mechanical equipment. Synthetic turf, track and basketball court
materials were selected to match the materials used in game-day
This building is scheduled to be the first of its kind to achieve a LEED
"Gold" Certification. Large numbers of perimeter translucent panels were
incorporated into the exterior design for natural day lighting. The
building incorporates a controlled artificial lighting system for normal
use of the facility and allowing for increased lighting capabilities
when needed for videotaping practice sessions. A light colored roof
material was selected to reduce heat island effects. The exterior
columns and wainscot use locally quarried native sandstone located only
20 miles from the site. Water quality filtration from run-off of
adjacent parking areas was incorporated into the exterior landscaping
design. The practice field is not air-conditioned but ventilated by a
cross-ventilation system in a push-pull formula across the active
portion of the facility.
The new facility has already had an immediate impact on the recruiting
capabilities for quality student athletes for Colorado State University.
As Associate Athletic Director Doug Max eloquently stated, "This new
facility is the best aesthetically designed and functional practice
facility in the Mountain West Conference."
Insulated Wall Panels: Metl-Span
Synthetic Turf: Field Turf
Basketball Court: Robinson
Weight Room: Mondo
Entrances & Storefronts: Indoor Practice Facility - Manko,
Student Athlete Learning & Training Center: Tubelite