OhioHealth Performance Center 

Columbus, Ohio
Construction Cost: $22.5 million
Area / Square Feet: 45,000
Occupancy Date: July 2021

The Columbus Crew is the only team to convert an existing soccer-specific stadium into a training complex. The stadium is geographically in a great location but an aesthetically challenging one — surrounded by a parking lot, shopping center and interstate. A surrounding berm with life and growth was designed to give the facility’s three full-sized soccer pitches an oasis-like feeling. The building’s exterior materials add to the lightness and warmth of the facility with punches of color, fiber-reinforced lightweight concrete panels, dark metal, and aluminum soffit panels in a wood-like finish. These design moves make it seem far removed from the areas near which it sits. 

Designers met with team ownership, leaders and coaches to identify players’ day-to-day activity and schedule, applying that information and a player-focused mentality to the interior layout to maximize the efficiency of the space entirely. The layout allows occupied areas to have floorto- ceiling windows that allow sunlight to penetrate the entire building and provide opportunities for direct visual and physical access to the pitches. 

At nine times the square footage as the Crew’s previous facility, Performance Center amenities for the first team and academy players ages 12 to 19 include locker rooms for players, coaches and staff; athletic training and sports performance rooms; a players’ lounge; shared dining space; meeting rooms; an entry lobby with media workspace; and coaching and staff offices. The interiors consist of high-ceiling environments with clean and simple yet solid and warm materials utilizing a combination of black and white with walnut and gray wood tones. Lighter-hued spaces are for public interaction, while performance-based areas use darker tones. Moments for branding celebrate the team and the community that supports it, reminding players and coaches for whom they’re competing.


The Columbus Architectural Studio

Columbus, Ohio


Moody Nolan

Columbus, Ohio


Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables

Anchor HL & XL

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools

Cryospa Sport, Patterson Pools

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks

Cryospa Sport, Patterson Pools

Locker/Shower - Flooring

Ecore Athletic

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics

Ecore Athletic

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center

Ecore Athletic

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Soccer Goals

Kwik Goal

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions


Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting

Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces

Natural Turf - SCG Fields

Locker/Shower - Lockers

RHC Enterprises Inc

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment

Rogue Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment

Rogue Fitness

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Baseball Backstops

Sportsfield Specialties

Laundry - Dryers


Laundry - Washers