Emerging new models of hybrid facilities are becoming more prominent throughout the academic, medical and research fields. Due to an increased incentive from state and federal entities, once often disparate programs are coming together to collaborate, innovate and create.
The University of Maryland College Park, Cole Field House is one such facility where athletics, translational research, engineering, entrepreneurship and applied medicine are all occurring in close proximity to each other. The major components include:
- The Terrapin Performance Center promotes physical training at the highest level as well as enhanced fitness and recreational opportunities for intramural and club activities.
- The Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance that will bring together leading researchers in neuroscience, genomics, biomechanics and other fields, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park to study the brain and nervous system.
- An Orthopedic Clinic will serve as a resource for thousands of patients in the region each year with more than 40,000 sf of dedicated treatment space. This will lead to a rapid translation of research into practice that will benefit the entire community.
- The Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a dynamic space that will connect students with exciting experiential-learning opportunities to work across disciplines and launch innovative ideas, products and companies.
Tradeline recently profiled Cole Field House in an exploration of hybrid facilities across the country. Here is an excerpt below:
“When the University of Maryland became part of the Big Ten Conference, it was important that they upgrade their aging football facilities to stay competitive. So the university took the opportunity to bundle the new athletic complex with state-of-the-art facilities for translational research, engineering, and applied medicine. The resulting Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance will bring an interdisciplinary team approach to high-performance sports medicine and occupational health by combining neuroscience, bioengineering, and advanced imaging technology with strategic entrepreneurship to solve real-world problems and create market-viable products.”