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  Clemson University Indoor Football Practice FacilityClemson University Indoor Football Practice Facility


Sherman Construction Company, Inc.
1330 Piedmont Highway, Piedmont, SC 29673

General Description

Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Date Bid: Feb 2012 Construction Period: Mar 2012 to Dec 2012
Total Square Feet: 84,992 Site: 6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 81,948; second floor, 3,044;
total, 84,992 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, varies 39 to 77’; second floor, 8’;
floor to floor, 15’8”; total, 77’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, insulated metal panels, translucent panels. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, insulated metal panels.

Project Team

Design Builder: Sherman Construction Company, Inc. - 1330 Piedmont Highway, Piedmont, SC 29673
Structural Engineer: LBYD, Inc. - 716 South 30th Street, Birmingham, AL 35233
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Conway & Owen, Inc. - 1455 Bluegrass Lakes Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Site Engineer: Dutton Engineering - 213 East Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Landscape Architect: Holcombe Norton Partners - 1914 28th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35209

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney stated "This has the WOW factor to it and when recruits come on your campus, you have to have that factor."

That was our mission from the beginning. Sherman Construction Company, led by Andy Sherman and Infinity Architecture, led by Yann Cowart set their sights on exactly that; providing a state-of-the-art facility that was sensitive to the Clemson aesthetic but was functional and representative of the great tradition of Clemson football.

Sitting on a magnificent water edge site, the building facade and entry reflect the nature of its purpose; yet the buildings articulation and material usage provide it a human scale that melds with the vocabulary of adjacent buildings and the campus architecture. The building program called to house a regulation football field with
a 20-foot run off at the perimeter. Support service such as restrooms, training room, weight/rehab room, storage and a entry lobby
were also required.

The approach acknowledges its tie to the stadium with a canopy structure that hints at the structural components of the stadium upper deck and a glass facade that allows a hint of what lies beyond. The prefabricated metal structure of the building frame is celebrated and expressed along the north elevation and provided the Design/Build team a practical, affordable solution to the immense spans.

Cross ventilation achieved by 11 overhead doors provides good air circulation during the dog days of summer at the field level and also offer easy access from the interior to the exterior practice fields. An adjustable field lighting system gives flexibility given the great volume of diffused natural night provided by the translucent panel system, but delivers 100-foot candles on
demand at the field.

The interior walls are insulated metal panels that provide a clean interior look and are durable to ball impact. Player protection is key and accomplished with edgeless continuous padding at the perimeter walls.

The sports turf field and markings immolates Frank Howard Field in Memorial Stadium including a slight crown and the famous tiger paw
at the 50 yard line.

Filming platforms at each end place the cameras at 55 feet above the field surface and a indoor outdoor coaching platform focuses Coach Swinney on the 50 foot yard line of both the interior field and the adjacent exterior field.

The indoor facility was a Design/Build delivery process. The process allowed Sherman, Infinity and Clemson to provide a true collaborative process from concept to completion to provide a facility that was complete in 10 months, on time, in budget and is a model for facilities to come.

Product Information
Pre-Engineered Building: Star Building Systems
Daylighting: Kalwall Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer Artificial Turf: Sporturf Lighting: Musco

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