A Field House for Everyone

The entire building—which also includes the new entry, locker rooms, offices, and spectator seating—totals 110,000 square feet.

Hard at Work

Engineers are working diligently to complete the new athletic complex by January 2015. According to Project Manager Mark Gleason, construction of the new Field House is on schedule. 

Transformational Impact

The new track and artificial-turf field will exponentially increase opportunities for varsity, recreational, and intramural athletes. The building will feature a new entry plaza, NCAA-standard 200-meter track, jump and throwing area, 21,000-square-foot field, multipurpose room, coaches' areas, and locker rooms.

A New Track That Meets NCAA Standards

The new track will feature six lanes, rather than the previous three, and is the NCAA-standard 200 meters long, up from 180 meters. It will include eight 60-meter sprint lanes. Each lane will be 42 inches wide. The track will enable the College to host indoor track meets for the first time in the program's 20-year history. There will also be areas for high jump, long jump, pole vault, and a throwing circle. Not only will the track be faster than the previous one; it will also be safer. The new track's surface will be gentler on athletes' joints than the previous one and will help runners stay injury free.

Multipurpose Area

At 21,000 square feet, the field inside the track will provide a superior surface and larger playing area for varsity and recreational athletes.

Varsity sports need to begin preparing for the spring season while the snow is still deep on the ground. Lighting, netting around the track, and batting cages will be provided, so the field can be used for off-season practice for men's and women's lacrosse and for softball and baseball. The artificial surface will provide a true bounce for balls, similar to what athletes experience on outdoor fields, so indoor practice is more effective.

The multipurpose area will also provide a much-needed expansion of opportunities for indoor club, intramural, and recreational field sports such as soccer, rugby, and cricket.

The Plaza

The project will provide an opportunity to create a new, more welcoming entrance to the athletics complex. The sidewalk along Route 30 will connect to a new plaza that will provide access to Pepin Gymnasium as well as the field house, natatorium, Kenyon Arena, and squash facility. The plaza will also extend along the outside of the new field house, allowing visitors a glimpse into the activity in the building.

The Architects

Sasaki was founded 60 years ago on the basis of interdisciplinary planning and design. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the firm works in a variety of settings—locally, nationally, and globally. Sasaki has played a leading role in shaping the future of the built environment through bold ideas and new technologies. The firm approaches sustainability through the lenses of economics, social context, and the environment. Sasaki's goal is to help clients make smart, long-term decisions that result in greater value for them and a better future for the planet.

A wall of windows facing northwest toward Route 30 links the inside of the building to the landscape and fills the space with natural light.