The dynamic project converts the historic Cole Field House basketball arena in the heart of the Maryland campus into an indoor football practice facility adjacent to the campus stadium in College Park. The center offers a premier Division 1 athletic training experience and differentiates itself by incorporating:
- A Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance that brings together leading researchers from UM Baltimore and UM College Park together to lead advanced studies focused on concussion and traumatic brain injury, genomics, brain imaging and other fields related to injury prevention and rehabilitation.
- An Orthopedic Clinical Treatment Center for thousands of patients in the region each year with more than 40,000 sf of dedicated treatment space.
- The Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that connects students with exciting experiential-learning opportunities to work across disciplines and launch breakthrough ideas, products and companies.
The full Forbes piece can be read online. Here are key excerpts:
On Cole Field House’s innovative integration and design
“This was something the university envisioned and something we are seeing more and more of,” says Roland Lemke, Cannon Design’s Washington, D.C., office practice leader, “the desire to bring athletics, research, clinical operations as well as entrepreneurial academies all together in one building and build upon each other.”
As Maryland works to foster potential connections to industry and academics, athletics provides both the science research and the space to allow them to work together. “That is what is pretty different about (Cole),” he says, “bringing all of those together under one roof.”
“I think we’re at the beginning of this new trend with the combination of athletics, sports medicine, and the introduction of more sports science and technology into the training of athletes,” explained Eric Einhorn, CannonDesign’s Washington DC sports market leader. “This facility is one of the few trendsetters out there, but we will see a lot of other athletic departments wanting this in the near future.”
On how the project connects with the existing football stadium
Located next to the on-campus home of Maryland Terrapins football, Maryland Stadium, Cole Field House takes on a pedestrian-friendly glass façade facing the stadium from the new north end and then ties directly to the stadium with a new player entry opening for the 2019 season that runs beneath the locker room into a tunnel under a road and directly into the stadium. The north façade of the building even incorporates views into the stadium from a new roof deck that opens on gamedays. “The south was a contextual response to traditional campus design,” Lemke says, “the north was where the jazz is.”
Part of this new tunnel entrance includes players entering the stadium from a terrapin shell. “The gameday experience was a huge part of the design,” Lemke says. “Many schools have traditions of running down a hill or this and that, the tradition of coming out from under a terrapin shell and onto the field will offer a much more dramatic entry onto the field.” With a 200-foot-long tunnel —the locker room and field remain completely connected.