Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center/Football Stadium Renovation University of Dubuque

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Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center/Football Stadium Renovation University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa 2010

Project Description

The Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center sits adjacent to the University of Dubuque’s football field, adjoining a new stadium grandstand with 4,000 seats built on the site of the previous grandstand (now demolished).

The facility provides the university and city with a place for recreation and wellness, and it is the first space on the campus large enough to hold convocations, conferences and major entertainment — whether inside the field house or outside in the stadium.

Major components include a two-level fitness area; a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track surrounding four multiuse courts; a 16-foot-wide concourse that runs the length of the facility and overlooks the track and courts; home, visitor, officials and faculty/staff locker rooms; a training room with hydrotherapy and exam rooms; a fitness studio; and concessions, juice bar and lounge areas.

Meanwhile, the stadium’s renovation includes the reconfiguration and expansion of concessions stands, a press box, ticket booths and the presidential suite. The suite offers views of Dubuque’s rolling landscape in all directions and also serves as a meeting room. The two-story press box and suites rise above the bleachers, mimicking building forms seen throughout campus. The football field received new lighting, synthetic turf, an outdoor track and visitor seating.

Project Details

Architect: Straka Johnson Architects PC; Dubuque, Iowa
Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $17 million
Square Feet: 87,000
Occupancy: October 2008

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Southern Bleacher Co.

Football Goal Posts: Draper Inc.

Synthetic Turf: Mondo

Track & Field Equipment: Gill Athletics