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LEED Gold certified

Student Recreation & Convocation Center

Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC

Situated at the edge of campus on the current recreation fields, the new 130,000-sf center incorporates three distinct programmatic elements – a student recreation center, convocation/athletic venue, and the relocated campus bookstore – with support spaces arranged around a central circulation spine.

The 3650-seat convocation center is equipped with retractable bleacher seating for ultimate flexibility, and will accommodate another 1000 visitors on the floor for non-athletic events. The space can act as a multi-functional venue, hosting men’s and women’s Division 1 basketball and women’s volleyball competitions, as well as athletic practices on its three courts when the bleachers are retracted. Non-athletic functions such as convocations and campus/community events are also programmed throughout the year. Fully-equipped locker rooms and showers for home and visiting teams, coaches and officials flank the arena bowl, along with multiple concessions areas and public restrooms. Coaches’ offices and hospitality suites are situated on the upper level to provide enhanced viewing access to games and events.

The two-level student recreation center will house 12,000-sf of cardio and weight training space, three multi-purpose rooms, an indoor track and a 35-foot climbing wall. Student locker rooms and showers, security access desk, equipment issue and staff offices adjoin the main fitness space. Linking the convocation center to the student recreation area, the three-story skylit concourse acts as both public entry and student union. Students will have all-day access to a café and gathering spaces with digital information centers and Wi-Fi access. Finally, the relocated 9000-sf student bookstore is accessed via the concourse, and acts as a public frontispiece to the entire facility.

This building is LEED Gold certified.

Project Team Members
Scott Garvin
Terry Buchmann
Mark Timbes
Becky Brantley
Kim Bendillo
Steve Layne

Project designed in association with Timbes Architectural Group and Hughes Group Architects

Awards

LEED Gold Certified