The Spangler Center for Athletics and Community is a dynamic student health and recreation facility that brings The Potomac School’s unique mission to life. The center is conceived as a new place on campus that reinforces institutional beliefs and improves the school’s ability to provide a balanced educational experience that integrates academics, athletics and the arts within a diverse, inclusive learning community.
The building impresses as a horizontal, glowing and integrated volume on top of the hill, with a flat roof held by structural wood “trees” — part of a hybrid system composed of wood columns and beams that support long-span steel members. This volume is flanked by a smaller more complex mass of glass, stucco and a stone base that steps down the hill.
The center serves as a hub for basketball, volleyball, squash, athletic training and athletic health services, as well as a community gathering center. Amenities include two full-size competition courts for basketball and volleyball and additional practice courts; a large multipurpose studio with a maple floating floor, an adjustable ballet barre and mirrored wall, exercise equipment and a virtual fitness system; a three-lane indoor walking/jogging track; seven competition and four practice squash courts; a competition wrestling room; a synthetic turf field for football, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey; three grass playing fields and a softball and baseball field; a six-lane outdoor track and cross country course spanning the school’s 90-acre campus; extensive cardio and strength training spaces; and an eight-court tennis facility.
Collectively, these spaces will empower The Potomac School to graduate healthy, well-rounded students for generations.