Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex Calvin College

Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex Calvin College

Grand Rapids, Mich. 2010

Project Description

In the design of Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, the site and context created enormous challenges. The program called for adding 292,000 square feet to an existing 70,000-square-foot building, but adjacent dorms and woodlots restrained possibilities for expansion. Additionally, the design needed to remain true to the campus vernacular (a 1960s Prairie style), while creating a human scale adjacent to the dormitories — though the low, horizontal force was antithetical to the monumental nature of performance athletic spaces.

The solution was to create long-hanging eaves on the larger volumes, and to tier the mass of the building to the south toward the pedestrian way. Programmatically, the fitness center acts as a buffer between the arena and the campus, allowing for expansive glass to connect the interior and exterior. On the aquatic center, a portico served as a complement to the fitness massing on the arena, and served the dual purpose of creating a sunshade on the south side of the pool, allowing for a glass facade connection to the campus.

Another challenge was to create a single facility on campus that would be home to an academic department, all of the athletic teams, the campus Health Services Clinic and a human performance laboratory, and yet one that would be available every day for student and staff recreation. This complex problem was solved by weaving the four venues together with large public spaces.

Project Details

Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering; Holland, Mich.
Construction Cost: $49 million
Square Feet: 343,477
Occupancy: January 2009

Arena Seating: Interkal

Basketball: Robbins MVP Wood Floor by Foster Specialty Floorin

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Schelde North America

Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal

Bulkheads: Star Bulkhead Co.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness Systems

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Beynon Sports Surfaces Inc.

Food Service: Stafford Smith

Free-Weight Equipment: Troy; Hammer Strength (Life Fitness)

Hydrotherapy Tanks: Aria Medical Equipment

Lighting: Cooper Lighting - AllStar Sports Lighting

Lockers: custom made by Calvin College Physical Plant

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems; Fairplay

Scorers Tables: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Signage: C.G. Witvoet & Sons

Starting Blocks: KDI Paragon Aquatics

Strength Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Taping/Treatment Tables: Medco

Tennis: Beynon Sports Surfaces Inc.

Track: Beynon Sports Surfaces Inc.

Track & Field Equipment: AAE (Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co.)

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Schelde North America