The new Event Center for Alabama A&M University represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the past, inspire the future, and serve today’s students, athletes and a community that demands the flexibility of a contemporary, multi-use event and athletic facility.
The facility connects the built and natural surroundings by incorporating traditional brick and stone masonry and Tuscan columns, and creating views of the campus and landscape. To enter the Event Center, visitors are presented with a choice. To the left is a monumental external stone staircase connecting an entry on the concourse level. Comfortable landings with seating and lighting allow for pre- and post-event gatherings that take advantage of the elevated views. To the right is a celebration of Georgian architecture and scale. Impressive Tuscan columns frame the entry into the main lobby, where visitors are able to access the event floor or circulate up to the elevated concourse. This entry sequence also provides a backdrop for photos that capture the past, present and future of a student and university.
Once inside the building, tall ceilings and ample gathering space define the main lobby. Both of these characteristics are seen throughout the building. Classrooms and a lounge area with an illustrated timeline of the university’s history are found just past the main open stair. This space is used by students and athletes alike, allowing for energy and activity on non-event days.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD
Nola | VanPeursem Architects
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment
|Hammer Strength, HD Elite, Life Fitness, Precor
|Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center
|Rubber Flooring Systems, Inc.
|Fitness Center - Strength Equipment
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables
|Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards
|Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball
|Laundry - Dryers
|Laundry - Washers
|Locker/Shower - Flooring
|Locker/Shower - Lockers
|Longhorn Locker Company, LLC
|Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions
|Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks
|Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables
|Proteam by Hausmann