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.

Transformational Impact

The new track and artificial-turf field exponentially increases opportunities for varsity, recreational, and intramural athletes. The building features 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 Balance Foundation Track features six lanes, rather than the previous three, and is the NCAA-standard 200 meters long, up from 180 meters. It includes nine 60-meter sprint lanes. Each lane will be 42 inches wide. The track enables the College to host regional and NCAA indoor track meets for the first time in school history. There are also areas for high jump, long jump, pole vault and a throwing circle. Not only is the track faster than the previous one; it is also safer. The new track's surface is gentler on athletes' joints than the previous one and will help runners stay injury free.

Multipurpose Areas

At 21,000 square feet, the McCormick Field inside the track provides 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 are 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 provides a true bounce for balls, similar to what athletes experience on outdoor fields, so indoor practice is more effective.

McCormick Field provides a much-needed expansion of opportunities for indoor club, intramural, and recreational field sports such as soccer, rugby, and cricket. The Fritz Family Balcony overlooks the facility, complete with over 30 cardio machines for school-wide use.

The Redmond Lounge in the front lobby provides an area for students to gather, while the Goldsmith Lounge is a multipurpose area in the corner of the field house that will be used as a fitness area, while also serving as a meeting space. 

The Plaza

The project provided an opportunity to create a new, more welcoming entrance to the athletics complex. The sidewalk along Route 30 connects to Dahl Plaza that provides access to Pepin Gymnasium as well as the field house, natatorium, Kenyon Arena, and squash facility. The plaza extends 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.