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Sycamore School District Field House Addition

Challenge

Sycamore High School was quickly outgrowing the space it used as a PE/sports facility. Despite the fact that the school had a separate primary gymnasium, this supplemental space was constantly used for gym classes, after-hours events, athletic practices, summer clinics, and intramural activities. To offer even more athletic opportunities, the Sycamore School District wanted to add an indoor running track and basketball courts.
 
The district also wanted to create a fieldhouse that would benefit the community as well, giving Sycamore residents an open-gym space that could also be rented for meetings and events.
 

Solution

Involving facility users from the start, Shive-Hattery led a collaborative planning process with Sycamore High School to identify potential solutions for additional athletics space. After presenting the Sycamore School District with four options, the decision was made to pursue an addition.
 
A 55,340-square-foot, pre-engineered structure with architectural precast concrete wall panels was designed to support volleyball, tennis, and basketball, as well as an indoor running track. The multi-purpose fieldhouse also features clerestory translucent panels to bring diffused daylight into the space without worries of glare or heat gain from the sun. A durable, long-lasting synthetic athletic floor membrane with shock absorption properties was selected for use throughout the addition to accommodate several different sports disciplines.
 
The 160-meter oval track surrounds three multi-purpose courts and support spaces, including the lobby, restrooms, weight rooms, training classrooms, and storage and utility areas. A new concession area serves not only the athletic events occurring within the fieldhouse, but is also located to serve as the concession area for all Sycamore High School home football games.
 
Portable bleachers were designed to be moved and reconfigured as necessary for different sporting events and activities. Retractable athletic curtains allow the fieldhouse facility to host multiple events and activities at the same time.
 
To provide community access to the facility, a fourth court area is located adjacent to the track. The school district can secure portions of the fieldhouse while leaving this space open for community members to use after hours. With its own dedicated entrance, the entire fieldhouse addition can also be secured separately from the Sycamore High School building as needed.
 
With future growth in mind, the addition was designed with the possibility of a 14,000-square-foot community center to be located next door.
 

Impact

With a new fieldhouse addition that supports the Sycamore School District and community members, the City of Sycamore now has a dedicated space to host community meetings, open gym, school PE classes, intramural sports, and sports clinics.
 
Designed for flexibility and adaptability, the Sycamore High School Field House now hosts several activities at the same time without sacrificing security.
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