Scheduled to complete in the Spring of 2019, McMillan Pazdan Smith provided design services for the Rock Hill Indoor Athletic Center for collegiate, high school, and community sport participation in Rock Hill, SC. The $27.5 million facility will include approximately 151,000 SF, 16 volleyball courts, 8 high school sized basketball courts, and a 1,200-seat arena with NCAA-sized Basketball Court. The volleyball courts also provide the NCAA recommended 41’ clear height above the playing surface (much higher than the average court’s 26’ clear height).
The sports complex is part of the University Center (adjacent to Winthrop University, hence the namesake) — and part of this larger new development on a 23-acre site that will incorporate the textile mill town’s history. An important goal for the client and our team was to blend the existing historic mill architecture with modern design elements. Renovating the 1939 bleachery, chosen exterior materials include red brick masonry and industrial metal panels — while inside, interior finishes consist of natural hardwoood floors, stained concrete, rubber flooring, and oversized experiential sports graphics.
The athletics venue provides a much-needed communal space for sports events and tourism. University Center will also contain retail, food vendors, restaurants, apartments, a hotel, and outdoor entertainment areas.