Buyers Guide: TDA Architecture
4135 Erie Street
Cleveland, OH 44094
Phone: (440) 269-2266
Fax: (440) 269-2277
Focused on enriching lives through design, ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) has specific expertise in athletics, education and hospitality facilities. Our unique blend of experience has resulted in distinguished athletic venues, such as Highmark Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and SPIRE Institute, a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site called “A Perfect 10” by ESPN The Magazine.
Chris Smith, firm principal and leader for the TDA Sports studio, is a former Olympic trials qualifier and Division I collegiate athlete. He brings a true athlete/coach/architect perspective to the design of athletic facilities, integrating the latest standards for training, competing and spectating. The TDA Sports Studio’s projects span a vast variety, including multi-sport Olympic Training sites, Professional Sports stadiums and NCAA Collegiate tracks.
At TDA, we’re here to be your partner. We operate on the principle that design should value people first and foremost, which is why we collaborate with you as a team to develop solutions that enhance the built environment for all - from spectators to athletes and everyone in between. We realize that great design is about getting to know your community and creating an asset that reflects its individual culture, personality and needs.
See projects from this firm that have been featured in the Architectural Showcase:
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ new stadium delivers a paramount fan experience and offers breathtaking views of downtown. A United Soccer League (USL)-specific stadium, Highmark is the third professional soccer stadium in the USL and is designed for television broadcasting. The synthetic turf surface accommodates year-round use and is one of six FIFA 2-star certified soccer fields in the country (the highest rating achievable). The facility includes a two-story team building with a bar/grille, enclosed suites with balcony access, offices, meeting spaces, and an open air roof deck.
Highmark has drawn national and international events to Pittsburgh and increased fan attendance three-fold. It also hosts local college and high school sports teams, concerts and community events.
Cost: $10.2 million
SqFt: 3.5 acres
A U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, SPIRE has been called “A Perfect 10” by ESPN the Magazine. With 750,000 SF under roof and 9 acres of outdoor facilities, this multi-sport complex integrates sports and education, training and learning, performance and competition in a way that has not been done before in one of the largest venues of its kind in the world.
Hosting national and international competitions, SPIRE features: a Fields & Courts Building; an Indoor Track & Field; a 10,000-seat Outdoor Stadium and Track; a “Throws” Stadium and Outdoor Fields Complex; an Aquatics Center; and one of the world’s two Michael Johnson Performance Training Centers, providing athletes with the most advanced, customized training systems.
Cost: $100 million
SqFt: 750,000 SF under roof and 9 acres of outdoor facilities
Notre Dame, IN
The largest International Rugby Board (IRB)-certified pitch in the world, University of Notre Dame’s new rugby facility offers a field striped for both rugby and soccer, giving the University a new venue for both of these popular sports. The system features Fieldturf “Cool Play” for the infill - a mixture of cork and coconut fiber - which helps keep the field up to 30 degrees cooler than traditional crumb rubber infill. The field is designed for future field lighting, time-clock and/or scoreboard control systems, and aluminum grandstand. The project included the construction of the sub-base, goal posts, field drainage system, storm drainage and all related utilities, irrigation and irrigation control.
Cost: $1.5 million