2014 Facilities of Merit: Holaday Athletic Center

Photos by Fred J. Fuhrmeister
Photos by Fred J. Fuhrmeister

Holaday Athletic Center | U.S. Air Force Academy | USAFA, Colo.

Standing six and a half stories tall and housing a regulation-size football field, the Holaday Center makes an impression based on size alone, but its design specifics drew accolades from judges.

 Most notably, the facility’s use of an innovative translucent material, a strategically placed sunscreen along the western wall and natural ventilation simulate game conditions without any mechanical heating or cooling specified in the design. Exterior use of anodized aluminum, polished precast concrete and clear glass allow this massive structure to fit well within the midcentury modern USAFA campus.

Putting the Holaday Center in the context of peer facilities, one judge stated, “Hard to make an indoor field stand out, but this one does.”

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Judges’ Comments

Honest response to the academy campus. Strong use of natural environmental conditions to define orientation and design.

— Bill Baker

 A very simple idea that is executed expertly. Great sustainability features while also taking advantage of scenic vistas.

— Clarence Mamuyac

 Very good design that elevates a utilitarian building to a solid piece of architecture.

— Darryl Condon

CannonDesign | Washington, D.C.

$19 million

Square Footage: 92,000

Funded By: University funds

Major Facility Components: Regulation-size football field


FomThe 2014 Athletic Business® Facilities of Merit™ awards were selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Madison, Wis. The 10 winners are being announced during these two weeks, and profiles of all 10 will appear in the November issue ofAthletic Business. The awards will be presented to the facility owners and architects at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in Orlando on Friday, Nov. 14.


More 2014 Facilities of Merit: 

Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center 

Audley Recreation Centre 

Chinguacousy Sports Park Redevelopment

Cornell Community Centre & Library 

Crisler Center Renovation & Addition -- University of Michigan

David Braley Athletic & Recreation Center -- Mohawk College

France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center -- Purdue University

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