The University of South Carolina’s 110,000 square foot, $50 million Football Operations Center, a collaboration between Q+ and Gensler Sports, is the new headquarters and crown jewel of Gamecock Football. The Center demonstrates USC’s continued investment in the success of their student athletes both on and off the field.
As operations buildings become increasingly more important to program efficiency and recruiting, USC perceives this new facility to be a “game-changer”. The Football Operations Center consolidates a number of previously decentralized functions: over 33,000 square feet of dedicated weight room and training space; a room for hydrotherapy treatments; nutrition and flexible dining areas; coach and staff offices; meeting rooms; locker rooms; and a players’ lounge. The building also includes event space for recruitment and donor initiatives and a large glass atrium allowing the public to experience interactive exhibits and displays highlighting the team’s history and achievements. The increased efficiency of the planning will streamline student athletes’ days, allowing more time for training, academics, and social activities. The facility is, in the words of Coach Will Muschamp, “a workman place”.
Sited next to the indoor practice facility and outdoor practice fields, the exterior facades of the Operations Center blend new, compelling features with USC campus precedents. The building, which is pursuing two Green Globes, incorporates large expanses of glass to capitalize on views towards the adjacent Williams Brice Stadium and at the same time provides fans glimpses of the activity inside. As a tool for recruiting and a tool for performance, the new Football Operations Center will put the University of South Carolina “ahead of the pack” in the SEC and raise the bar for other football programs around the nation.
Two years ago, the brand new 120,000 square foot Chapin Middle School opened for Lexington / Richland Five’s 2015/2016 school year. The original school was designed for 800 students with a plan to accommodate a third-wing addition by Quackenbush Architects + Planners in collaboration with Perkins + Will’s K-12 studio. The design of the 37,000 square foot new wing allows the school to add the third classroom “house” and will bring the building capacity up to 1,200 students. The central two-story spine will extend towards the bus loop and allow enhanced daylighting to enter the new addition from above. Exterior and interior materials and details are to match the existing building aesthetic, tying the addition in seamlessly. A specialized drama classroom, flexible-learning classroom space, small-group collaboration areas and an extended bus loop entry are the main features of the new design.
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As part of a district wide effort to upgrade athletic facilities, Quackenbush Architects teamed with CHA Sports to renovate the existing site competition field at Columbia High School. Comprehensive improvements elevate the experience for both athletes and visitors alike with the addition of a perimeter concourse that guides spectators from a centralized ticketing area to new home and visitor side bleachers with a 900 seat total capacity. Other improvements to the facilities include the installation of a synthetic turf field with new sports lighting, a press box, and a new scoreboard. Concessions are available to fans beneath a covered canopy at the new 1,600SF home side support building that incorporates modern materials and a single sloped roof gesturing out in a salute to the student athletes who take the field to represent their school.