Washington State University Football Operations Building is an 85,000 SF 5 stories plus a penthouse facility. The project is located on the west end-zone overlooking Martin Stadium. The building is positioned between the football field, practice facilities, Hollingbery Fieldhouse, Bohler Gymnasium, and the Information Technology Building. The new Operations Building offers coaches, players and recruits access to the field via a new tunnel, new equipment storage, locker rooms, weight rooms, training facilities, meeting rooms, an auditorium, a dining hall, coaches offices, and players classrooms. This facility rivals the facilities of some of the largest football schools in the nation. The top notch finishes in the building have exceeded both the WSU coaches and players expectations.
The site logistics during the construction of this project proved to be difficult, as the only access was available through an alley between two buildings or under the stadium seating of Martin Stadium. WPI overcame this obstacle by building landing platforms and ramps and partnering with the general contractor and other trades to methodically coordinate deliveries and the extraction of construction debris. Weather conditions also played a large factor in during the construction of this project, as the construction was scheduled during the harsh Palouse winter months. These conditions demanded for the flexible use of both temporary protection and heating.
The highlight features of this project include the unique Arcis panel system on the exterior which required special rigging to set directly under the buildings overhanging soffits, and the expansive radius walls which were required to be constructed to align with the beautiful interior wood panel ceilings.