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ThenDesign Architecture (TDA)
4135 Erie St.
Willoughby, OH 44094

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Since 1951, ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) has delivered planning, programming and design services to clients across the country. Our unique blend of expertise in education, sports, recreation and leisure facilities 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.

See projects from this firm that have been featured in the Architectural Showcase:

Highmark Stadium

Pittsburgh, PA

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

SPIRE Institute

Geneva, OH

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

University of Notre Dame: Stinson Rugby Field, Ricci Fields, & Irish Marching Band Building

South Bend, IN

The University of Notre Dame athletic fields projects are the single largest synthetic turf installation in the school’s history. With a total of three, full size soccer fields and sanctioned rugby field, this turf project represents nearly a half a million square feet of Fieldturf “cool play” turf. A unique feature of this project is the installation of geothermal well fields below the three soccer fields that are connected to a larger geothermal grid as part of a University strategy to reduce energy consumption and costs. The project also includes a band tower, four sand volleyball courts, and a support building for the Fighting Irish Marching Band.

Cost: $6.5 million
SqFt: 487,000 SF (four synthetic turf fields); 3,000 (support building for storage); 32’ tall (band tower); four sand volleyball courts; 11 acres (total project site)