The Value on Campus Recreation
Renovation of the Field House was a critical component of realizing goals established in the most recent UMTC Campus Master Plan. One recommendation to come out of the Master Plan includes: “reconfiguration, intensification and selective replacement of facilities is anticipated to accommodate the needs of athletics, recreational sports and related academic programs”.
The University of Minnesota’s mission is threefold including research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service. This facility assists with the teaching and learning of our students by hosting Kinesiology classes, enhances campus life by facilitating involvement, social integration, and engagement with our student body as well as creating opportunities to be physically active and allows for community outreach by bringing people to campus for events. This project is also consistent with the guiding principles of our mission to be “conscious of and responsive to the needs of the many communities it is committed to serving” and “inspires, sets high expectations for, and empowers the individuals within its community”.
Relationship between Facility Design and Staffing
The building is configured as a large open space which provides zero sightline obstruction when all divider curtains are raised. An office, which was originally located in the adjacent event entrance away from activity, was relocated to the center of the south wall inside the main space. Directly above the office is a viewing area that provides a birds eye view of the entire facility.
These adjustments have allowed staff to more efficiently set up and tear down programs and events, provide better supervision, and improve the overall member experience.
Use of Technology
The Field House consists of 11 divider curtains that can be lowered to separate areas and activities within the facility. Prior to the renovation, there were four control panels located throughout the building to operate a designated group of curtains. A new Porter digital control panel was installed and allows for all curtains to be operated at the one location which has improved staff response times for program/event setups and teardowns. Additionally, more surveillance cameras and better WiFi coverage were included in the project.
Innovative, Inclusive or Sustainable Features
On the exterior of the building, 112,840 lbs of Cemesto wall panels were abated and replaced with an insulated metal panel system (going from R-7 to R-21 continuous insulation), including integrated aluminum glazing system and larger areas of curtain wall window system providing exterior and interior views. Informed by a series of daylighting studies, the ground level curtain wall system included a ceramic frit pattern at one face of the glass to mitigate glare and direct daylight impacting Field House activities and competitions. These windows provide an opportunity for integration of temporary and/or permanent banners or window film, highlighting Field House events. The previously existing wood mechanical louvers were replaced with metal louvers matching the finish and character of the insulated metal panel system. The defining design feature was the addition of a custom corrugated metal panel rainscreen over the insulated metal panels, playing with pattern densities to create a sense of acceleration along the building’s facade. Additionally, existing egress doors and openings were replaced and modified to provide additional egress, with glazed doors to provide additional views and daylighting.
The interior renovation elements saw the facility transform into a modern and versatile recreational and athletic space. The primary elements of the project include a resurfaced 6-lane, 200-meter track with lines for two basketball and two tennis courts in the interior of the track. The track area was resurfaced with Beynon BSS 1000 Hobart on top of the Mondo surface which was installed in 2006. Adjacent to the track is a vibrant 16,800 square foot Shaw Legion Pro turf field. The turf covers a polyurethane surface from the 1980’s which was in deteriorating condition.
The event entrance was widened and a ramp was added for accessibility, accentuating the entrance with lighting and double doors. An additional storage space was created from the project which houses program activity equipment and supplies. A new office space was constructed, the existing mechanical and ventilation system was enhanced and a sprinkler system was installed for code upgrades to support a capacity of 1,500 occupants.
The University’s commitment to enhance existing assets while conserving the building’s history rejuvenated the facility and further encouraged lifelong wellbeing.
Project Design Team
University of Minnesota
- James Litsheim - Capital Planning & Project Management
- Beth Asfahl - Recreation & Wellness
- Cody Mikl - Recreation & Wellness
- Luke Day - Recreation & Wellness
- Tim Towberman - Superintendent
- Todd Bak - General Foreman
- Pat Block - Project Manager
- Kayla Billmeier - Assistant Project Manager
- Davis Eldridge - Field Engineer
- Walker Bond - Field Engineer Intern
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
- Jeffrey Mandyck - Principal Architect
- Michelle Ney - Architect
- Kristen Nelson - Architect
- Tyler Whitehead - Architect