New $55 million facility balances high-performance training and amenities
CLEMSON, SC—Clemson University will open its new Football Operations Complex on Feb. 1. HOK's Sports + Recreation + Entertainment groupdesigned the $55 million facility with GMC serving as the architect of record and DPR as the contractor. The training facility for the national champion Clemson Tigers will be the country’s largest, most programmatically inclusive football training complex.
“Clemson Football has set the new standard for the student-athlete experience,” said Trevor Bechtold, a project designer and associate with HOK. “This project is the most forward-looking, innovative and comprehensive training facility in the nation and is a testament to Clemson’s commitment to excellence. The design balances Clemson’s focus on football, family and fun through a comfortable, amenity-rich and highly efficient design tailored to the student-athlete.”
The 150,000-sq.-ft. training facility includes amenities that allow student-athletes to train, study and unwind without leaving the building. Features include 1.5 acres of outdoor leisure and entertainment space, state-of-the-art training, weight equipment, technology and hydrotherapy. Additional amenities include miniature golf, bowling, a movie theatre, gaming lounge, steam room, recovery room, a Gatorade fuel bar, Nike gear room and basketball, volleyball and bocce ball courts.
The building connects the indoor practice facility to outdoor practice fields, consolidating football operations into one complex. A central player concourse allows users to move efficiently through the building to maximize valuable training time. A slide connecting the concourse to the lobby reinforces head coach Dabo Swinney’s focus on fun.
The facility includes a special spot for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship trophy. Graphics and interactive displays throughout the facility highlight many other accomplishments in the football program’s storied history.
HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice has expertise in the design of high-performance training facilities, arenas, stadiums, ballparks and recreation centers. The group plans and designs world-class sports complexes that are the centerpieces of successful, vibrant entertainment districts. Current and recent projects include Notre Dame’s Campus Crossroads project; Northwestern University’s Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Philips Arena Renovation in Atlanta; a new concert venue for The Madison Square Garden Company in Las Vegas; the AT&T Center renovation in San Antonio; Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; and the renovation of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people's lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.