Griffin Athletic Complex - Francis Marion University
Griffin Athletic Complex - Francis Marion UniversityFlorence, S.C. 2013
Francis Marion University’s new 29-acre Griffin Athletic Complex consists of an 800-seat baseball stadium, a 300-seat softball stadium, a 420-seat soccer stadium and a field house with offices and lockers. The state-of-the-art athletic complex is designed to raise the profile of FMU athletics while also serving to frame the primary entrance to the campus.
A pedestrian plaza links the venues with a combination of hard and soft landscape materials. Berm seating supplements the capacities of all three stadiums. Visible from an adjacent highway, a new four-acre lake serves as a visual anchor to the main plaza. Likewise, the two-story baseball building, which houses concessions and restrooms serving all three stadiums, creates a new public facade when viewed across the lake from the highway. The two-story field house anchors the far end of the plaza and is designed for future expansion.
The exteriors of all venues are clad in brick masonry with cast-stone accents to fit into the campus aesthetic. Exposed structural steel elements on the facade provide relief and contrast to the masonry and accommodate graphic banners and flags.
Project DetailsARCHITECT OF RECORD: ODELL; Charlotte, N.C.
Area: 29 acres
Construction Cost: $10.25 million
Occupancy: May 2012
Baseball Backstops: Net Connection Inc.
Bleachers/Grandstands: Southern Bleacher Co.
Dryers: Continental Girbau Inc.
Flooring: Crossville Tile
Lighting: Musco Lighting
Scoreboards: Electro-Mech Scoreboard Co.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Washers: Continental Girbau Inc.