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  Colorado State University - Indoor Practice FacilityColorado State University - Indoor Practice Facility


Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects, P.C.
712 Whalers Way, #B100, Fort Collins, CO 80525

General Description

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Bid: Aug 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Aug 2009
Total Square Feet: 65,325 Site: Number of Buildings: One.
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
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process

43 Total






Construction Team

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 facilities.

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." 

Product Information
Insulated Wall Panels: Metl-Span
Roofing: Firestone
Synthetic Turf:
Field Turf
Basketball Court: Robinson
Weight Room: Mondo
Entrances & Storefronts: Indoor Practice Facility - Manko, Student Athlete Learning & Training Center: Tubelite
Daylighting: Kalwall

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