Snyder Center

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Snyder Center

Andover, MA 2019

Project Description

Founded in 1778, Phillips Academy is the oldest boarding school in the country. Whether approaching from the north or south, the first feature that one typically sees is the historic bell tower, which sits at the south end of the main lawn. Traditional brick buildings surround outdoor green spaces, creating a formal progression of quads that define the campus.

The Snyder Center is one of the most progressive buildings of its kind. By designing a series of unique spaces that reimagined the 21st century athletic center, the open and inclusive solution is comprised of a series of interlocking, transparent and inviting student activity spaces. The result is a high-performance building that acts not only as an athletic facility, but as a student center and hub for student activity. In fact, the Snyder Center is the first net-zero energy facility in the country to combine its specific array of program elements.

The Snyder Center includes a 200-meter competition track, a 12-court squash center with an exhibition court, and recreation space. The facility will allow all athletic teams to practice indoors during inclement weather and provides a much-needed large multipurpose space that accommodates a variety of uses, including track meets, intramural and recreational events, and special campus and community functions.

Project Details

Architect: Perkins+Will
Construction Cost: $30.7M
Square Feet: 98,000
Occupancy: January 2018

Building Systems - Skylights: Kawneer

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Lynx, ClubLocker

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Track & Field Equipment: Gill Athletics

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic

Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units: Ice3

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: CourtTech

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Beynon Sports Surfaces

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Ideal Products Inc.

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Track & Field Equipment: Gill Athletics

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: McWil Squash Courts

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: PolarPool

Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables: PROTEAM by Hausmann

Architect Of Record

Boston, MA

Design Architect


Landscape Architect

Reed Hilderbrand
Cambridge, MA

MEP Engineer

Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineers

Structural Engineer