Clemson University Football Operations Facility
Clemson, South Carolina
Size: 145,000 sf
Status: Completed February 2017
Designed to support the day-to-day activities of players, coaches and staff, the new Football Operations Complex further elevates the Clemson University football program, and promotes the recruitment, training and development of student athletes. The state-of-the-art building, designed by GMC and HOK, adjoins the indoor practice facility and outdoor practice fields, consolidating football operations into one complex. The 142,500-square-foot complex is the largest and most programmatically inclusive football-specific training facility in the nation. Knowing that this facility will serve as a home away from home for many of the users, the project provides amenities that allow the student-athletes to train, study and unwind in the same place. Features include 1.5 acres of outdoor leisure and entertainment space, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy, training, weight equipment and technology, a steam room and recovery room and a Gatorade fuel bar. The design maximizes adjacencies and functionality, with a centralized player concourse that allows coaches and athletes to move efficiently through their routines and better utilize valuable practice and training time. The concourse is connected to the lobby through a slide, bringing Coach Swinney’s focus on fun to the forefront in the design. The complex also features miniature golf, bowling, a movie theater, gaming lounge and basketball, volleyball and bocce ball courts, giving players an opportunity for some friendly competition. Compelling graphics and displays throughout the facility celebrate the team’s storied history and reflect the Clemson spirit, including a scale replica of Memorial Stadium’s famous Hill and Howard’s Rock. Of course the home of the national champions would not be complete without a prominent spot to display the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship trophy, which sits proudly in the main atrium. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification.
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