East Campus Athletic Village Taking Shape
Construction of the East Campus Athletic Village is on schedule, with Phase 1 of the project on track for completion for the fall 2009 sports season. Some of the most visible signs of progress are on two impressive new structures: a 48,000-square-foot stadium and 151,000-square-foot arena. Together they will have a dramatic impact on the landscape of the east side of campusand on the quality of student life.
“The athletic village will transform both the east campus and the student experience,” says Barbara Nelson, project manager. “The resulting facilities will be instrumental in helping us sustain and grow athletics at Rensselaer. Equally important, they will foster a sense of pride and community that, ideally, will last a lifetime.”
Steel framework is in place for both the stadium and arena, and utility infrastructure work is done. Much of the focus now is on making the arena weather-tight so interior construction can continue uninterrupted throughout the winter. Hockey program improvements in the Houston Field House began in June and will be complete later this fall.
The East Campus Athletic Village is the most extensive athletic construction project in Rensselaer’s history. A core component of The Rensselaer Plan, the village will meet the needs of current students, more than 75 percent of whom participate in athletic activities on campus. The project also will position the Institute to continue to attract highcaliber student-athletes.
Phase 1 includes the new stadium, three-story arena, and renovation and expansion of the Houston Field House. Phase 2 will include an indoor pool, an indoor sports center with 200-meter track and tennis courts, and outdoor tennis courts.
All construction and renovation is in accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) standards, clearing the way for Rensselaer to host additional NCAA tournament games. The facilities also will position Rensselaer as a prime location for regional and national high school tournaments, increasing visibility and, ultimately, applications and enrollment.
The buildings incorporate recycled materials, such as reforested wood for interior finishes. To minimize the impact of transportation, regional products are used whenever possible. In addition, more than 70 percent of construction waste will be recycled.
Energy-efficient features include skylights and other design components that maximize the use of natural light. Natural ventilation will reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems. Because planting and other landscaping elements were chosen for their water conservation properties, the project does not include an irrigation systema decision that is expected to reduce water consumption by 50 percent.