TROY, Ala. – Troy University's Trojan Arena has been named as an outstanding design by American School and University in its 2014 Architectural Portfolio.
A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators worked together to evaluate submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country to select the AS&U 2014 Architectural Portfolio recipients.
The annual competition spotlights today's most exceptional educational design projects and effective learning environments in the United States. The outstanding designs were evaluated upon student engagement, environmental stewardship, comfort and flexibility to create positive learning outcomes, and the ability to promote an overall sense of health and wellbeing.
Trojan Arena was one of one hundred and twenty-seven other projects featured in the AS&U magazine and online at www.SchoolDesigns.com.
"Our Arena has an unparalleled level of quality and detail that sets it apart from other arenas both in the state and in the Sun Belt Conference," said Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business Affairs. "Our staff, trustees, and architectural partners Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood worked together to create an arena that seats 5,500 people in an arena bowl, but also has helped the overall quality of our athletics departments."
Montgomery architectural firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc., in cooperation with Populous, spearheaded the design of the 5,500-seat $40 million arena that has received other national and international awards for its design and use of technology.
The design team included Bill Wallace, principal, and Freddie Lynn, Jr., project manager, both of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, and Populous' Jim Swords.
Trojan Arena became the cornerstone of Troy University's athletic complex, situated between the football stadium and the track and field complex, upon its completion in July 2012. The 126,465 square-foot multipurpose sports complex provides state-of-the-art facilities for the University's NCAA Division I basketball, volleyball and track programs. It also serves as a venue for commencement ceremonies and special events.
The arena features a three-tiered rotunda at the main entrance that leads directly into the building's centerpiece, the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. The arena boasts two 767-square foot video boards on either end of the arena bowl and a simulated court area on the surrounding concourse that enhances the overall fan experience throughout the facility.
Four concession stands and a food court, in addition to club-level and seven luxury suites, are included in the building, which features state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems. A training room, weight room and a practice court is also housed in the building. An additional 600-seat floor capacity expands total seating exceeding 6,000.
Trojan Arena opened Sept. 8, 2012, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Trojans first basketball game in the facility was Nov. 9, 2012 -- a 56-53 win over Mississippi State.
HOAR Construction, Inc. was the general contractor for the construction of the arena.