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ms consultants provided an initial program assessment, final design services, LEED services, and construction administration for the 125,000-square-foot Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS) at Youngstown State University (YSU). The new indoor athletic training facility provides year-round training amenities and protection from adverse weather conditions. The YSU athletic training facility also promotes sustainability with a LEED Silver certification.
Initially, ms conducted a preliminary program assessment to determine the necessary requirements and potentialities. Due to the planned size of the athletic training facility, ms reviewed four possible sites located on the YSU campus. These sites were evaluated for both positive and negative attributes regarding site conditions, proximity to existing athletic infrastructure, available parking, pedestrian and traffic control, site densities, and visual impact analysis. ms architects collaborated with YSU officials in selecting a preferred site (Elm Street at Eastbound Service Road) and a building type (a conventional metal facility), and worked with the project team on final design details. Design development, contract documents, specifications, and bidding assistance were provided by the team for the architectural, electrical and structural elements of the building with assistance of teammates CJL Engineering for mechanical/electrical/plumbing design and Resource International for site civil engineering.
To support various athletic teams, intramural sports, and campus-wide activities, the WATTS facility includes:
The design team worked to achieve LEED Silver certification, which was awarded in August 2012. Sustainable design features for the athletic training facility include:
The WATTS facility is one of the first LEED buildings on YSU’s campus and the first certified under LEED v3.
Editor’s Note: This project is featured in the December 2012 issue of College Planning and Management magazine.