Facilities of Merit 2015: SECU Arena Renovation and Expansion, Towson University

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SECU Arena Renovation and Expansion, Towson University

Towson, MD 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015

Project Description

The Towson University SECU Arena renovation and expansion included the introduction of a partially sunken bowl, with most spectators entering at its midpoint. By splitting the bowl into upper and lower seating, the arena can be sectioned off for smaller events to create more intimacy.

The design also includes an array of multipurpose spaces, including a double-height galleria on the west side of the concourse level (home to a university store and coat check room), a VIP-level multipurpose room offering views down to the main arena entry and out to the varsity soccer field and football stadium, and open spaces at the arena’s corners that can also be rented or used for private functions. There are also four VIP suites.

SECU Arena is located on a sloped site and is connected to an existing arena that was converted to a practice gym and support space. The new arena is built partially below grade; the new competition floor sits one level below the old building’s basement level, which now contains newly renovated team locker rooms and lounges, strength conditioning space, a sports medicine suite and other ancillary spaces.

Judge's Comments

Great entry and sense of arrival. The landscape and the building have been designed as one and do a great job of tying the old and new building together."   — Steven Flanagan

"The collegiate feel and pedestrian scale in such a large facility was a pleasant surprise."   — James Braam

"This is an iconic, bold and graphically powerful arena, with an architectural design approach that clearly integrates the exterior with the interior."   — Tom Poulos

Project Details

Architect: Hord Coplan Macht
Architect: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Construction Cost: $65.5 million
Square Feet: 171,000 sf
Occupancy: June 2013

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Schelde Sports North America

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena – Gym Flooring: Connor Sports

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Durex Resinous Flooring

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Art Metal Products

Locker/Shower – Lockers: Treeforms Inc.

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: HydroWorx International Inc.

Architect Of Record

Hord Coplan Macht
Baltimore, MD