Return on Design: Creating Multi-Purpose Athletic Environments

McMillan Pazdan Smith | Jun 5, 2013 8:00:00 PM

Creating flexible environments within an athletic facility is important to athletic programs looking to share costs and stretch budgets.  Effective multi-purpose spaces require careful planning to successfully accommodate various campus needs. For example,  weekday position meeting rooms might also serve as  VIP/suites for donors, and in the offseason provide extra conference rooms for the university as a whole.  Spaces used for student athlete dining during the week can become revenue generating clubs or pre-game hospitality space on game day.

 Recently, McMillan Pazdan Smith completed such a space for the Furman University baseball team. Their new 10,400 square foot baseball field house offers flexible space to accommodate year-round hitting, pitching, and fielding practice. The space can easily be converted to a banquet or meeting room to host potential recruits or year-end awards ceremonies.

Programmatic spaces include coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a team room and an area dedicated to sports medicine.

The field house is sited adjacent to the existing baseball stadium along the first baseline with excellent views of the field from an elevated vantage point. The new facility is a continuation of the original stadium built in the 1950s and provides a visual anchor from the nearby campus entrance.

Designed by the Sports Architecture Studio at McMillan Pazdan Smith, our buildings represent strong fiscal stewardship from Monday to Gameday – ensuring functionality, flexibility, and operational costs guide effective institutional decisions.  View additional athletics projects we have designed HERE.