Panzer Lacrosse Stadium -Penn State State College, PA

Project Category : College/University

Total Construction Cost : $6,800,000

Total Gross Square Feet : N/A

Approximate Cost Per Square Foot : N/A

How was the facility funded? : Private donations

Project Description:

The challenge of this project was to create a 1,400-seat lacrosse stadium on a tight sloping site that would serve as one of the top lacrosse facilities in the nation. The goal was to enable Intercollegiate Athletes to host a variety of events, including the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA championship preliminary rounds, which would better position Penn State for recruitment and retention.

In addition to the typical stadium support program, i.e. ticket box office, concessions, restrooms, storage, viewing platform, etc.; a large press box with full broadcasting capabilities for television and radio, Big Ten Network facilities and ESPN coverage was considered a critical component to further enhance the Penn State lacrosse program.

1) and 4) Site and Functional Planning

Plan efficiency; functional relationships of key facility components; location of control points; measures taken to maximize use of space.

After the new lacrosse turf field replacement was re-positioned on the flattest portion of the site, the new stadium building was conceived to take advantage of the existing corner site sloped terrain. The design took advantage of the slopped terrain for integrating various types of spectator seating into the landscape. This also worked favorably to create a natural outdoor stadium bowl helping to capture the competitions energy.

To maximize campus site connectivity, the developed design direction for the site, including building integration with the hillside to maximize views and capture cross-campus circulation. Curving, fully accessible, walkways that align with the site contours, walls and plantings ground the structure into the sloping site, leading spectators into the new stadium.

Positioned within view of Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, Pegula Ice Arena and the Multi-Sport Facility, Panzer Stadium has joined these iconic Penn State landmarks in creating the athletics campus.

2) Interior Design

Innovative use of materials to achieve desired aesthetics; interior finishes, detailing and color schemes used; use of natural and artificial lighting; building materials used. (not a lot to say about interiors? Would not include anything here)

3) Exterior Design

Integration of the design with surrounding area or buildings; exterior finishes, images and color schemes used; innovative solutions to massing problems.

The two-story low building form aligns midway down the sloped terrain, just behind the stadium seating outdoor concourse, maximizing viewing and camera angles for the press box. The buildings metal roof pavilion structure, fully visible from the main intersection, slopes up toward the field of competition and the iconic Nittany Mountains. Elevated viewing multipurpose outdoor patio offers flexibility for campus events, VIP seating, additional filming, and/or coaching platform during practices.

High-impact graphic custom perforated metal panels project key branding moments and designate the main entry of the stadium. The brick, metal, stone and glass building materials all work within the athletic campus context and extend out in the landscape.

4) Site

Relationship of building to site; site constraints or other problems encountered. (combined here with Part of functional planning)

5) Cost

Cost of construction for value received; funding or cost-saving measures utilized; innovative capital and operations financing and funding strategies; energy-conservation measures used.

Floor Plans