Ground Breaks for Campbell Sports Center
Written by Bwog Staff
If you went to last weekend’s homecoming game, then you probably recall all the construction happening near the soccer fields at the Baker Athletic Complex. Following this week’s groundbreaking ceremony, construction is officially underway on the new 48,000-square-foot sports facility. Situated near the corner of 218th and Broadway, the center will house indoor training spaces, offices, lounges, a hospitality suite and an auditorium. It will rise to a grand height of five stories, which will put it above the adjacent 1 train platform. The chief architect overseeing the project is none other than Steven Holl, the NYC-based designer who construced Time Magazine’s Best New Architectural Marvel in 2001. Construction is expected to last 18 months, but we know some underclassmen that are already excited for a tour.
The blog Inhabitat New York City spoke to the architectural firm about some of the specific features of the new facility. Here is an excerpt from their take on the fancy (and fanciful?) design:
The materials used for the building are raw and strong like its university athletes. The exterior will reveal exposed concrete and steel as well as marine aluminum, an element known for being low in maintenance but high in strength. Rain screen cladding will keep the building’s interior temperature mild throughout all seasons by reducing moisture infiltration during the wetter seasons. Curtain walling is another innovative technique that will be implemented by Holl. It uses light and cheap materials such as glass and steel to capture and transfer harsh winds away from the building. With this combination, students can work out, practice, and study without being bothered by the elements. And what is a university building without a little school spirit? Each terrace is illuminated at night with “Columbia Blue” beams shining from the overhangs.
Top image courtesy of Steven Holl Architects