The Schumaker Complex rests on the site of the building it replaces, maintaining a centralized location within the broader athletic district and providing connectivity to practice fields. This location is critical to ensure equitable access and support of the student-athletes served by the building. The project aims to gather strength and conditioning, athletic training, nutrition and equipment into one venue to elevate the experience for student-athletes and staff. With connections to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and the Les Wexner Football Complex, the building was designed as the training hub for 33 sport teams and more than 800 student-athletes.
The facility’s design carefully considers the needs of today’s student-athletes, with amenities such as dedicated locker rooms, hydrotherapy, a weight room, agility turf, training and treatment spaces, classrooms, a production kitchen and athletic offices under one roof. Every aspect of the Schumaker Complex was planned to support an efficient, effective and highly functional experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff.
Interior spaces were designed to support the university’s recruiting and retention goals while boldly communicating and celebrating the OSU brand. Vibrant graphics, a campus-inspired design and history-honoring displays remind student-athletes of the university’s legacy of success. Aesthetics, durability and performance were paramount to the interior design.