Coppin State University Physical Education Complex

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Coppin State University Physical Education Complex

Baltimore, Md. 2013

Project Description

The Coppin State University Physical Education Complex features an auxiliary gym, a multipurpose gym, racquetball courts, locker rooms, classrooms, faculty offices, weights and fitness areas, and a dance studio — all located along the primary circulation path that extends the length of the facility. A performance arena and natatorium are both accessible from a concourse level.

Neutral tones comprise the wood, concrete and ground-face block interior, accented with the school colors of blue and yellow. Custom wood louvers function as room dividers, sunscreens and a wayfinding device along the primary circulation path. This palette is informed by low-maintenance materials selections on the exterior.

If the building’s north side, with its arena entrance, is considered the primary public face of the building, the south end of the long east bar is the main campus entrance, marked by a plaza. This bar is articulated as three low brick boxes that step with the topography. The wall of the south face is glass, which is used to communicate to passersby the activities housed in the building. The campus side of the building faces athletic fields and appears to sit on a raised plinth, the concrete face of which curves sympathetically with the running track.

Project Details

Architect: Sasaki Associates Inc.; Watertown, Mass.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Hord Coplan Macht; Baltimore, Md.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $95.1 million
Square Feet: 256,000
Occupancy: January 2010

Arena Seating: Interkal

Baseball Backstops: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Basketball: Aacer Flooring

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal

Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Court Panels/Glass Walls: Court Co., The

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring: Stonhard

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R. Smith

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lighting: Hydrel

Lighting: Musco Lighting

Lockers: Stonhard

Multipurpose: Mondo

Racquetball/Squash Courts: Court Co., The

Sanitization Systems: Ozonia North America

Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Skylights: Naturalite

Soccer Goals: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Sports Surfaces: Max Play

Starting Blocks: S.R. Smith

Tennis Nets/Posts: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.

Track & Field Equipment: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.