University Indoor Football Practice Facility|
Sherman Construction Company, Inc.
1330 Piedmont Highway, Piedmont, SC 29673
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Date Bid: Feb 2012 Construction Period: Mar 2012 to Dec
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.
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
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
Pre-Engineered Building: Star Building Systems
Daylighting: Kalwall Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances &
Storefronts: Kawneer Artificial Turf: Sporturf Lighting: