Middlebury College Fieldhouse – Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College Fieldhouse – Middlebury, VT

The field house at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, incorporates a variety of flexible spaces, including an indoor practice space, competition track, expanded recreation space, and spectator accommodations. A rigorous master planning and programming effort determined the size and location of the facility, carefully considering the building’s relationship to the existing athletic center and outdoor fields. To help achieve these goals, the designers used a variety of precast concrete components, including bleachers and spandrels.

The 120,000-square-foot field house, which doubles the space available in the adjacent existing arena, includes a 200-meter track and features over 20,000 square feet of athletic turf. The multi-use complex accommodates 500 spectators for sporting events and up to 5,000 people for large campus functions in an assembly configuration. The structure allows all athletic teams to practice indoors during inclement weather on a state-of-the-art performance surface and provides a large multi-purpose space that accommodates events such as NCAA track meets, intramural and recreational uses, and special campus and community functions.

“The new track and artificial-turf field exponentially increases opportunities for varsity, recreational, and intermural athletics,” says a spokesperson for the school. “Varsity sports need to begin preparing for the spring season while the snow is still deep on the ground.”

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