DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Iowa’s largest two-year college, has a new Student Activity Center located on the Boone Campus in Boone, Iowa. The 28,500-square-foot facility includes two college-size basketball/volleyball courts, three 40’x70’ baseball/softball batting cages that drop down from the ceiling, a contemporary weight room, a modern sports medicine lab, an indoor golf performance center and more.
The $6.5 million project, completed in the fall of 2020, also includes office settings, storage space and a family room.
The new Student Activity Center will be used by Boone Campus students, student-athletes, faculty and staff.
The new gym and multi-purpose area has been named “Fareway Fieldhouse” thanks to a $250,000 donation from Fareway Stores, Inc., which is headquartered in Boone.
“The DMACC Student Activity Center and Fareway Fieldhouse on the Boone Campus was a vision that our campus and athletics department have had for many years,” said B.J. McGinn, DMACC director of athletics. “It is an amazing achievement for DMACC, our Boards of Trustees, the DMACC Foundation, and our local community. The Student Activity Center will provide the necessary programming to give our students and student-athletes a first-class experience today and for many years to come.”
Fred Greiner, who served as President and COO of Fareway, Stores, Inc. until retiring a few years ago, has many connections to this project. Greiner is a longtime DMACC Board of Trustees member, serves on the DMACC Boone Foundation – Boone Campus Committee and is one of the fundraising chairs for this new Student Activity Center.
“Fareway Fieldhouse has a great ring to it,” Greiner said. “The new Student Activity Center will help with recruiting new student-athletes, plus all students will have access to the facility. It will also present a very positive image to the community and will help enhance our campus.”
DLR Architects, together with Construction Manager Baxter Construction, General Contractor Grabau Construction and all of their contractors, completed the new facility on time and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Capitol Campaign was a huge success due to the efforts of a 20-person campaign committee composed of various community leaders, staff members, and members of the DMACC Foundation — Boone Campus Committee," DMACC Boone Campus Provost Dr. Drew Nelson said. "Due to the outstanding effort of this group, DMACC not only met is fundraising goal, but was able to exceed it."
All DMACC athletics are located at the DMACC Boone Campus. Those sports include: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s baseball, women’s softball and women’s volleyball.
EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE
Edward Waters College (EWC) broke ground on the new, on-campus Community Field & Stadium in a ceremony held in February 2020. The stadium will serve as the brand new home of the EWC football and women’s soccer programs
At a cost of $4.3 million, the new facility boasts a total potential capacity of 5,000 combined with seated and standing room areas and is near completion. Designed by PVB Architecture, the facility is designed with a “European-style” arrangement with steeply-raked and sweeping seating areas, along with standing room areas around the open-air artificial turf stadium, that is meant to bring viewers in a closer relationship to the field and players.
“The new state-of-the-art athletics facility is intended to boost recruiting and assist in the establishment of a new more marketplace relevant institutional brand to increase the college’s overall competitive profile (both academic and non-academic) and visibility to foundationally support institutional growth," said EWC President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.
"An on-campus stadium is going to create a different level of engagement and excitement for our dynamic EWC students,” stated EWC Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Paul Bryant. “This project will also allow us to engage with the New Town community in new ways.”
The stadium will consist of a grandstand on the home side of the field and will have a seating capacity of 2,000. The home side will also feature two restrooms, concession areas, and ticket booths at the front entrance. Sitting atop the home grandstand will be the President’s Box as well as a covered canopy for filming areas.
Along the visiting side will be a seating area that can comfortably seat 500+ spectators. As is the case on the home side, the visiting side will also feature a two-tiered structure for coaches, working press, and gameday operations.
The south end zone of the facility will also feature a state-of-the-art videoboard.
Equally important, the stadium will have the latest version of artificial turf from ActGlobal, installed by Burke Sports Construction Group out of Doral, Fla. The Community Field and Athletic Stadium artificial turf will also contain brock padding and a cork granulate, which will allow for a cooler surface.
“Adding this type of infield will permit for year-round usage for our teams and the community,” said Bryant.
Accordingly, Tiger fans will be greeted by a life-sized bronze Tiger statue upon entrance into the Community Field and Athletic Stadium. The Tiger will be designed by classically-trained Master Sculptor, Brian Hanlon of Hanlon Sculpture Studio, a full-service art studio in New Jersey.
A feature of significance in this new facility is a walking track that will encompass the perimeter of the stadium. Edward Waters College sits in the New Town Community, a community that historically has faced challenges related to obesity, high blood pressure, and other health issues. EWC students and members of the community will be able to utilize the walking track that will serve as a central nerve center for promoting overall health and wellness within the New Town Community.
Bryant further added, “Now with EWC being the only football-playing college in the city, our new stadium will encourage all of Northeast Florida to witness exciting gridiron action in their backyard and embrace our team’s motto of ‘One Team, One City.’”
“This project is also an example of this administration’s commitment towards making our venerable institution a best-in-class institution of superlative excellence, as we extend our edge as a higher educational model institution of ‘Emerging Eminence’ not only in the classroom but also, on the athletics field,” said Faison.
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I HILO
Here’s some good news, during a COVID dominated era of reduced budgets, smaller playing schedules and social distancing of every kind.
The University of Hawai`i Hilo, under a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) long in the works (2016) prior to the pandemic, and funded during the 2018 legislative session, broke ground on a new soccer field, softball field and a multi-purpose building between the two that will house restrooms, concessions, storage and a team room.
NAN, Inc. is the general contractor. They began physical work in the fall of 2020 on a project that first hit the drawing board nearly four years ago. State of Hawai`i legislators, Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, coaches and teams gathered to celebrate the new facility.
The shovels-in-the-dirt moment marks the first time in nearly 40 years that a new athletics facility has been built at UH Hilo.
“This is an important day and a ray of good news that is so welcomed during these challenging times,” said UH Hilo Athletics Director Patrick Guillen. “We have been working on this project for over four years and it is nice to see all of the planning and hard work come to fruition. Our vision is to become one of the top NCAA Division II programs in the West Region and adding first-class facilities to our program that already has first-class student-athletes and coaches is a huge step towards that goal.”
The one-time CIP funding of $4.2 million includes a brand new synthetic turf NCAA regulation soccer field and softball outfield, a new state-of-the-art drainage system for both and the multi-purpose building. The project falls under Title IX funding that will provide similar facilities for both men’s and women’s sports.
The Vulcan women’s and men’s soccer teams didn’t have a field to call their own. This past year, they both played on the campus practice baseball field, and before that they played at Kamehameha School in Keaau.
“Athletics serves as the front porch to any university, and I am happy to see this addition to ours,” Chancellor Irwin said. “I look forward to coming out and joining our community to watch our student-athletes compete on this field in the near future.”
Local dignitaries in attendance at the groundbreaking included State Senator Kai Kahele, along with State Representatives Mark Nakashima and Richard Onishi. Also present was Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, the Governor Liaison for Hawai`i Island.
Chancellor Irwin provided a welcome and gave aloha while Guillen added his mahalo to everyone in attendance for their support. UHH head soccer coaches Paul Regrutto and Gene Okamura were present with members of their teams, along with longtime assistant softball coach Freddy Entilla.
Also in attendance was Vulcan Booster Club President Kapena Lum, Vulcan Booster Club Board members Kealii Beck and Marty and Kim Ciez, Director of UHH Facilities Planning Jerry Watanabe inaugural UHH soccer coach Gordon “Mr. Soccer” Inouye, Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Randy Hirokawa and NAN, Inc. general contractor Scot Oshiro--among others.
The project completion target date is September 2021.
“We are so excited to get this project going,” Guillen added. “Our students and community deserve a top-notch facility to train and compete on. These facilities will bring great pride and fit nicely in our commitment as a community-engaged university, as we plan to make the facilities available for various athletics camps and clinics for our keiki.”
HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY
Henderson State University (HSU) student-athletes will have a gleaming new academic resource at their disposal beginning this spring as completion of the Charles and Anita Cabe Student-Athlete Success Center draws near.
The new 4,230-square-foot academic facility was made possible thanks to a $1,250,000 gift from Anita and the late Charles Cabe of Gurdon, Ark. through the C. Louis and Mary C. Cabe Foundation. The total cost of the project was $1,372,775 and 100 percent of the proceeds were raised through donations made specifically for the facility through the Henderson State University Foundation.
“In 2017, Charles and Anita and I started talking about their desire to make a gift to Reddie Athletics that would impact our student-athletes in a very meaningful way,” Director of Athletics Shawn Jones said. “They were both moved by the idea of building something to support the academic and overall success of our student-athletes while they are here and beyond. I am so grateful to the Cabes for their friendship, selfless generosity and love of the Reddies. This facility will leave a lasting legacy of their commitment to Henderson and to each other, and will impact generations of Reddie student-athletes. I’m also very appreciative to the many others who contributed to this project because of their love for Charles, Anita and Henderson State.”
Anita Cabe, a member of the Henderson State Board of Trustees and a 2018 Reddie Athletic Hall of Honor inductee, said that the new academic center fulfills both her and Charles’ goal of contributing to the long term success of Henderson State student-athletes, while also serving as a permanent reminder of their enduring passion and support for the university.
“I am incredibly excited to see this long time dream come to fruition with the groundbreaking of the Cabe Center,” Cabe said. “I want to thank Shawn Jones and the staff at Henderson State University for their help with this project, as well as friends and family who have contributed to make this facility a reality.”
The Charles and Anita Cabe Student-Athlete Success Center will be constructed adjacent to the west end of the Formby Athletic Center at Henderson State and will include a computer lab, group-sized study room, study lounge, office space for the athletics academic advisor, private study carrels, and classroom for student-athletes to complete their academic work before and after classes and practices. The construction of the facility creates an additional 1,490-square-feet of weight room space, allowing for more equipment, more student-athletes to work out at once, and more flexibility for their already busy schedules. Completion of the new academic center is expected in late spring of 2021.
The Appleton Family Ice Center (AFIC) has been the home of Lawrence University hockey since 1999, but a stunning facelift for the facility has pushed the Vikings’ home to the elite level in NCAA Division III.
A 7,000-square-foot addition to the building, located on the north side of Appleton, Wis., and a renovation of Lawrence’s existing locker room was completed in 2020.
“We are extremely thankful to all of the alumni donations and the work of (Assistant Director of Athletics Giving) Andrew Borresen that made our vision become a reality,” Lawrence men’s hockey coach Mike Szkodzinski said. “It has taken a long, long time, but in the end it has turned out even better than we could have expected.”
The addition to the south side of AFIC includes a spacious locker room for the Vikings next to the new restroom and shower facilities. The Vikings’ space also includes a new lounge for the players and offices for the coaches. Also included in the new space is an athletic training room, equipment storage and an area to work on sticks and skates.
“The project has already assisted in our recruitment of top-tier studentathletes for the program,” Szkodzinski said. “There is no doubt that the space helped attract a number of the current new players and will continue to do so as we move forward.”
The new space also features a locker room for Appleton United, the combined team made up of Appleton high school players. The third portion of the project included a renovation of the existing Lawrence locker room at the facility. The new Lawrence women’s team, which is making its debut in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) in the 2020-21 season, has moved into the renovated space.
“It’s been a lot of fun making this locker room the new home of Lawrence women’s hockey,” Lawrence women’s hockey coach Jocey Kleiber said. “It’s still a work in progress, and it will fully become our home the more we’re able to add to it, especially once games begin. This room has some great history from its days as the men’s hockey locker room, and we’re hoping to channel some of that good history into what it will be for us today and in the future.”
Szkodzinski, who has served as the Lawrence men’s coach for 14 seasons, spearheaded the project and worked closely with Borresen and his colleagues in Lawrence's Office of Development.
“Seeing the project come together has been humbling, but it is also something we are very proud of accomplishing. It has taken over 14 years of diligent, consistent work from so many people, specifically Andrew and our development staff. This project has set an example for what can be done for all of our athletics programs. We have generous alumni who want what is best for the athletes, and it will be great to see other programs attack their vision of what they believe can help take their programs to another level.”
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
The University of Memphis cut the ribbon on its new indoor practice facility, marking the completion of the $11.2 million facility now attached to Billy J. Murphy Complex on June 17, 2020.
The new NFL-quality practice turf has been dubbed Hardin Family Field.
“Let me say ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Thank You’ to a lot of people,” University of Memphis President M. David Rudd said. “This has been a long journey for the University of Memphis football team to build an indoor facility.
This means we have crossed that finish line, and it was an important finish line. It was a finish line in a race that has been run by many, many people who have given and supported this effort.
Ground was broken on the Murphy Complex additions in April 2016 as a two-phase extension. The first phase, a 25,000-square-foot addition that included a new athletic training room, new dining facilities and new offices, opened in the summer of 2019. The full-length indoor football field, Phase 2, began construction immediately afterwards.
“Because we have evolved to where we are now a top 25 program, this is really about leveling the playing field,” Athletics Director Laird Veatch said. “Our competitors, the folks we are recruiting against and playing against, have facilities like this. It’s not just about recruiting, it’s about being able to compete in ways we maybe haven’t been able to before.”
The indoor facility towers over its adjacent Murphy Complex wing, with a 42-foot eave height and a 58-foot clear ridge height. At a cost of $11.2 million, the full-length football field and storage spaces take up 78,000-square-feet and includes floating goal posts and mechanical nets in each end zone, LED lighting with 100 foot candle performance level lighting, two video platforms, a south end zone scoreboard and Tiger-striped end zones with a leaping Tiger logo at midfield on NFL-level Vertez Prime Field Turf.
“It’s jaw-dropping,” Head Coach Ryan Silverfield said. “It’s a beautiful facility and I just can’t wait to get our guys out here running around. I know they’ll be excited, but I don’t have any other words other than wow. Truly an amazing place. Thank you to everybody that made this happen. From the Hardin family, to all of our boosters, donation from former players, President Rudd, Laird Veatch and everybody along the lines, thank you for making this dream come true.”
The facility includes large roll up doors on the east and west sidelines, with the west sideline doors opening onto a newly-sodded grass field on Field Two.
Fun Facility Facts
- The entire complex takes up 1.8 acres and is bigger than all but five aircraft hangers worldwide
- The facility could hold 16 basketball courts
- The Hardin Field Complex is almost 10,0000-square-feet larger than the White House
- It’s almost twice as big as Bill Gates’ House
- It could fit 485 parking spots or 1,797 king-sized beds
- It is 20 times larger than an IMAX screen
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY
Baseball Indoor Facility
The Bob “Bullet” Akins Pitcher Development Facility is a 120ft x 40ft building completed in November 2020. Its construction was in large part due to the generous gift that the Akins family gave to Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) upon Bob’s passing.
It is a state-of-the-art facility that will be used to expedite pitcher development in the Lumberjack program. Some of the resources in the “Bullet” include:
Rapsodo – A data collection technology that allows SFA to measure and track over time, statistical analysis of every pitch a pitcher throws.
- Pitch Velocity - Measures the speed of the pitch thrown
- Spin Rate - How many revolutions the thrown pitch has in 60 ft., 6 in.
- True Spin Rate - Does the spin help facilitate the true path of the pitch
- Spin Axis - The axis on which the ball spins; crucial to calculating true spin
- Spin Efficiency - How closely are True Spin and Spin Reate related
- Strike Zone Analysis - Is it a strike?
- Horizontal Break - How much a ball moves horizontally from release to the hitting zone
- Vertical Break - How much a ball moves vertically from release to the hitting zone
Edgertronic Camera – High speed capture camera (3,300 frames/sec) used to break down pitching mechanics that are hard to identify in real time speed.
Motus – Biometric Workload Monitoring Technology used to analyze pitcher workloads during any throwing activities. Microchipped sleeves allow real time assessment of arm stress and workload.
Lumberjack Soccer Complex
With the intent to inspire generations of future soccer players within the Deep East Texas community, the SFA athletics department announced the completion of Phase I of the Lumberjack Soccer Complex.
Within the completed first phase of the project, the facility now offer an 800 seat grandstand with 6-foot elevation that allocates seating for both reserved chairbacks as well as for general admission. To the south of the newly completed main stand is the Sideline Suite that can accommodate 20 fans in the self-contained space featuring a bar, refrigerator, grill, television, rooftop terrace and lounge furniture. Lastly, to the north, the newly renovated Purple Lights Patio now offers premium dining themes fore each home game along with a cash bar for fans.
Phase II will include shaded roofing structures added to the main stands as well as new concreted team areas with new team benches and shade structures for staff and players. To the north of the field, the new soccer field house will be constructed to house coaches' offices, home/visitor locker rooms and officials dressing areas.
Once completed, there is no question that the SFA Soccer Complex will be the centerpiece of the East Texas soccer community.
San Antonio, TX
In March 2020, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) broke ground on the Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence (RACE). A state-of-theart, $41.5 million athletic training facility that will help the university draw world-class student-athletes to its NCAA Division I programs, RACE is made possible through a partnership with the Roadrunner Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization.
Located on 10.8 acres on UTSA’s Main Campus, the nearly 95,000-square-foot facility will include academic study spaces, a sports medicine center, strength & conditioning facilities, locker rooms, meeting rooms, staff and coaches offices, an equipment room and practice fields.
“The Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence will be the hub of UTSA Athletics and provide all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff with the resources to achieve our mission of developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in life,” said UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos. “Just as UTSA intends to be an exemplar in academics and research, RACE will have a long-lasting impact on our stature as a Division I competitor.”
The RACE facility is a foundational project in UTSA’s 10-year strategic vision to achieve national standing as a Carnegie R1 university and a model for student success. It will make UTSA more competitive in recruiting and retaining the nation’s best student-athletes and coaches. RACE is the first phase of a multitiered project at the university’s Main and Park West campuses.
Architects for the RACE facility are Populous and MarmonMok. The Roadrunner Foundation has engaged Joeris Construction as the construction firm and UTSA Project Control will serve as the project manager.
Construction is on schedule and when completed this summer, RACE will feature:
- Academic Spaces: Nearly 7,000-square-feet of academic space, including a 1,000-square-foot study hall, 10 private tutoring rooms, computer lab, classroom and office space for UTSA Athletics Academic Services Staff.
- Sports Medicine Center: A sports medicine center with treatment areas, an exam room, a recovery room and office space for athletic trainers and physicians. It also will include an enclosed hydrotherapy room and aquatic therapy equipment for rehabilitation.
- Strength and Conditioning Center: 14,000-square-feet of strength and conditioning spaces including a weight room available to all UTSA student-athletes, with state-of-the-art equipment, a cardio area, a nutrition station and office spaces. The space will offer direct access to the practice fields.
- Practice Fields: Two parallel football practice fields: one synthetic turf field and one field with natural grass.
- Locker Room: A 7,500-square-foot locker room will include 120 lockers and a players’ lounge for the football program.
- Meeting Rooms: Multiple rooms located in the center of the facility to accommodate full team gatherings, as well as specialized meeting spaces.