Executing A Long-Term Game Plan
For a complete athletic facilities overhaul, Minnesota State University, Mankato, recruited partners with the skills and experience to stay in the game, and finish strong. Partners like Gausman & Moore.MSU is an innovative, student-centered learning community that values excellence in its academic and non-academic pursuits. Fitness and athletics are an important component of life at Mankato State, and a strong attraction for prospective students.A dedicated G&M team helped MSU execute a three-phase game plan for design and construction of a new, world-class indoor training and competition facility, followed with significant upgrades to existing athletic facilities. Executing the plan over a five-year period minimized training disruption for current student-athletes, while allowing work to proceed on upgrades for the future. In addition, careful coordination was required to ensure specific facilities were available during summer months, to accommodate the annual Minnesota Vikings training camp – a significant source of university publicity and income.Phase I: Myers Field House, 82,300 sq ft, $10.3 millionSelected to host its second NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2012, the Myers Field House is multi-purpose facility that boasts an eight-lane NCAA-sanctioned track with accommodations for 1,000 spectators, as well as baseball and softball batting cages, intramural basketball courts, and tennis courts. G&M designed efficient HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems to deliver comfort and safety, without obstructing the high level of occupant activity. This includes lighting, power and controls to the many basketball backboards and batting cages, divider curtains, timers, and scoreboards. G&M provided for integration of field house systems into existing campus-wide medium voltage electrical and fire alarm systems.Phase II: Highland Center & Highland North, 87,500 sq ft, $13.2 millionOnce the Myers Field House was commissioned, work began linking it with the existing Highland Center and Highland North facilities. A common space was built, connecting the three into a single complex, and adding classrooms, concession spaces, and student lounges. G&M again designed mechanical, electrical and plumbing for the new common space, while retrofitting the Highland Center and Highland North facilities with upgraded locker rooms and offices, all efficiently interconnected with campus-wide systems.Phase III: Otto Recreation Center, 57,500 sq ft, $8.4 millionFinally, attention was focused on the conversion of a dated basketball arena and swimming pool into a state-of-the-art student fitness center. With assistance from G&M on the mechanical and electrical systems, the Otto Recreation Center is now a popular draw for students who enjoy the running track, exercise equipment, and gymnasium. Creative thinking during design turned the signature purple “M” on the east end of Otto into a return air plenum for the ventilation system. New lighting, HVAC, and pool water systems brought the campus swimming pool in to compliance with current codes and standards.
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