Ted Smith Family Football Center, Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
Construction Cost: $9.4 million
Area / Square Feet: 50,000
Occupancy Date: August 2014

The Ted Smith Family Football Center is dedicated to the continuing improvement of the football program and houses all of the program’s coaching and administrative functions, as well as all student-athlete support facilities.

The hall of fame and entry plaza provide a large volume of space to accommodate large gatherings for football and other university functions. The players’ wing includes a team meeting room with stepped seating for 130 student-athletes and a view of the field, and a lounge with a quiet study area and social spaces. Coaches’ offices were strategically placed adjacent to meeting rooms that can double as hospitality areas on gameday. The head coach has a corner office with a view of the field, making it the perfect “closing room” for new recruits.

Adjusting for the different sizes in the floor planes, the roofline folds and rises up to an inverted pyramid over the hall of fame. On the street side, this provides a tall, prominent entry and the perfect background for the statue of local legend Erk Russell.

On the stadium side, the roof provides focus for the high-definition video board integrated into the building facade. This feature is unique for both its shape and coordination within the building envelope system.