|ECAV Receives Facility of Merit Award
For the past 30 years, Athletic Business has handed out its Facilities of Merit Awards and this year the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) is one of the 10 recipients of the prestigious nationwide honor. The winners were selected by a panel of seven leading sports and recreation facility architects.
The criteria used in the evaluation for Facility of Merit entries include functional planning, design, site, and cost.
“An exceptionally successful example of campus planners, site designers, and building architects collaborating to create a complex that works on so many levels,” described Chris Sgarzi of Sgarzi Associates in Concord, Mass., who was one of the judges. “This is a game-changer for Rensselaer.”
Another judge, Bill McCullough of EwingCole in Philadelphia , said,” This thoughtfully composed complex serves to pull the entire athletic campus together with a primary spine that visually grounds and connects multiple buildings.”
The most extensive athletic construction project in Rensselaer history, the first phase of ECAV was completed in October 2009. Phase I encloses 176,000 square feet of space and includes two new venues for athletics a 5,200-seat stadium with field turf and lighting for football, soccer, and lacrosse, along with a 1,200-seat arena for basketball and indoor events. The venues are all organized around a pedestrian concourse allowing for free circulation and offering additional opportunities for viewing events and socializing.
Also, a fully equipped 4,800-square-foot strength and conditioning center connects to a professional-caliber sports medicine suite, and within the arena are offices for athletics administrators and coaches, numerous meeting spaces, a new Athletics Hall of Fame, a pro shop, and a café.
The companies involved in the overall design and construction of the facilities were Sasaki Architects, Whiting-Turner Construction, and Clough Harbor & Associates LLP. All venues were built and renovated in accordance with the NCAA, clearing the way for Rensselaer to host additional NCAA tournaments.
The athletic village, which achieved LEED gold status, is a core component of The Rensselaer Plan. The facilities meet the needs and expectations of current students more than 75 percent of whom participate in intramurals, club sports, or varsity team sports and prospective student-athletes.