Georgia Tech’s new Football Locker Room was recognized for Design Excellence by the American Society of Interior Designers - Georgia Chapter, with our designers taking home Gold Awards in Product/ Custom Design and Institutional Design at the 39th Annual ASID GA Design Excellence Awards Celebration held on May 7 at the Atlanta History Center.
The design team was selected for the renovation of the existing locker room located in the North End Zone of the historic stadium. The objective of the project was to modernize and improve the operational functionality of the football locker room and adjacent support spaces with a fast-track schedule to be complete before the student-athletes return for practice.
The renovation project was also recognized for the design of the locker itself. Players, coaches, and staff were involved in ideation and were brought in during conceptual design and mock-up phases to identify the program’s highest priorities. Among these priorities were upgraded ventilation, advanced technology, and an enhanced “wow” factor for new recruits.
Each locker includes a ventilated upper cabinet, providing a customized storage shelf and display for shoulder pads, shoes, and gloves. The high-tech ventilation system keeps the equipment separated and breathable by pulling the air through the shelves and into the exhaust unit at approximately 75 cubic feet per minute.
Looking beyond typical locker room technology, each locker contains a digital display which allows players to customize and personalize their locker. Individualized lockable storage addresses the need for areas to hold and charge smart phones and other personal devices.
The actual design of the locker features LED lighting between lockers and illuminating an angular fin, a nod to the school's yellow jacket mascot. In addition to incorporating the school's brand, the angular fin provides privacy for players when desired. The custom channel tuft seat of the locker mimics the rumble seat of the Ramblin’ Wreck – an iconic symbol of the student body.