Heery Design, in collaboration with Architecture Research Office, was awarded the 2016 SCUP / AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse.
In the center of an architecturally distinctive campus, Nippert Stadium West Pavilion is shaped by the interrelationship between its functionality and contextual responsibilities. It must perform well on gamedays and throughout the year for non-gameday events. The building improves the quality of campus and pedestrian circulation providing upgraded surfaces and framed views with an open concourse along Bearcat Way. The student center, located eight feet away from the all glass facade, now has abundant daylight and a visual connection to the field. The footbridge connection to the student center also provides a convenient entry and reduces pedestrian flow on the concourse.
The West Pavilion expansion stretches across seven levels, including a 130,000 SF press / VIP tower. The project also replaced all existing gameday functions and enhanced the premium seating through the addition of 1,100 club seats, 30 loge boxes and 21 private suites.