Athletic Complex Underway at Quinnipiac
CENTERBROOK, Conn. – Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ latest athletic facility designs are coming to life at Quinnipiac University.
Centerbrook has designed two adjacent venues that will become the new home for five teams on the Hamden, Connecticut, campus. One is a multi-purpose facility for men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse, the other for women’s field hockey. Both will be open for the 2017-18 athletic seasons.
"We are grateful for the commitment that President John Lahey has made to Quinnipiac athletics as we strive to be one of the top athletic departments in the country," said Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Greg Amodio. "These new fields will provide our varsity teams and student-athletes with premier facilities that rival those of our peer institutions and will allow Quinnipiac Athletics to continue to grow into an elite program."
Construction began last fall on the soccer and lacrosse venue, which will feature permanent seating for up to 1,500 spectators and include an infill turf playing surface. Atop the grandstand are two covered terraces for spectating and special events.
Field hockey facility construction commenced earlier this year. Its design includes permanent seating for up to 500 fans and an artificial turf field with a high-velocity peripheral irrigation system common to the sport.
Each venue will feature a full complement of support spaces, including: locker, team and training rooms for the competitors and staff; broadcast-ready press boxes for the media; first aid and restrooms for spectators.
The complex will carry the traditional look of Quinnipiac’s main academic and residential campus architecture with brick and cast stone façades, and seamlessly integrate into the site.
“The two venues will work in tandem to create a unified athletic complex that also safeguards the adjacent wetlands,” said Centerbrook Partner Jeff Riley, FAIA. “Abundant plantings and low profile structures will merge harmoniously with the wooded setting.”
This is the second athletic complex that Riley and Centerbrook have developed for Quinnipiac. The celebrated TD Bank Sports Center is now in its 10th season as the home of the nationally-ranked men’s and women’s ice hockey programs as well as the men’s and women’s basketball teams.