Facilities of Merit 2010: Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center & Dutch Meyer Athletic Complex Texas Christian University

Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center & Dutch Meyer Athletic Complex Texas Christian University

Ft. Worth, Texas
Year in Showcase: 2010

Project Description

These new facilities are a response to the athletic department’s needs and donors’ wishes regarding the use of their financial support. Athletic priorities included additional academic space for athletes, a football team lounge and a major team meeting room, while TCU Horned Frog patrons desired game-day premium seating and an indoor club. Public separation from the athletic areas was an absolute requirement. The team facilities are located on the south (back) side of the facility, providing access to practice fields and other existing athletic spaces. The suites, club and club seating are located on the north (playing field) side. Club seating is accessed from the indoor club via three bridges elevated over the main concourse. This allowed the exterior club seats to be as close to the playing field as possible.

Branded elements and color schemes were used throughout the interiors to recognize and celebrate the history and traditions of the TCU football program. Large murals were used in both public and private spaces to inspire fans and players alike. There is a simplistic elegance about the interior design that is compatible with the new exterior architecture.

The new facilities were constructed at the south end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium, with the second and third levels providing a new covered area for a majority of the existing main concourse. The facilities provide the university with premium seating elements that had not previously existed at the stadium.


Judge's Comments

A difficult addition in a very tight area that captures the architectural style of the campus while providing a great venue for watching the game. This project transformed an older stadium with one bold expression.
— Dwayne Brinkley

This is an exciting and creative solution that takes full advantage of the end-zone location. It gives great containment to the stadium, and it must be an imposing presence to visiting teams.
— Chris Sgarzi

It is certainly a unique structure in the sports facility landscape.
— Nate Appleman


Project Details

Architect: HKS Inc.; Dallas, Texas
Construction Cost: $13 million
Square Feet: 40,000
Occupancy: September 2008

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