Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts - Hope College
Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts - Hope CollegeHolland, Mich.
In 2009, Hope College, which had been playing home tennis meets at local high schools, was looking for a location for its new outdoor tennis complex. The city of Holland deeded to the college an unused corner of property immediately adjacent to the college’s existing indoor tennis facility and outdoor athletic fields. The result was a partnership that produced a first-class tennis complex available for collegiate and community use, a summer-long tennis academy and USTA qualifier camps.
Twelve courts are divided by an elevated spine, which affords ideal viewing with permanent stadium-style seating and sculptural sunshades. Underneath is an open-air player area complete with benches, drinking fountains and access to each court. Storage rooms under the access stairway provide a convenient location for ball machines, squeegees and other equipment. Each set of six courts is broken down into batteries of two with low partial fences that help with ball control while allowing free viewing during competitions and academy drills.
The project’s overall aesthetic was selected to carefully tie into the context of the surrounding athletic campus. Exterior materials of brick and stone were chosen to create a rich collegiate appearance. Likewise, entry arches replicate those found elsewhere on campus.
Project DetailsARCHITECT OF RECORD: GMB Architecture + Engineering; Holland, Mich.
Seating Capacity: 350 (expandable to 700)
Construction Cost: $2.2 million
Occupancy: June 2012
Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.
Digital Signal Processor: Symetrix
Lighting: Cooper Lighting
Site Furnishings: Landscape Forms
Speakers: One Systems Inc.
Sports Surfaces: DecoTurf
Tennis Nets/Posts: Edwards
Umpire Chairs: Merritt Classic Umpire Chairs
Windscreens: Putterman Athletics