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Sports Performance Center

As one of the fastest-growing Universities in Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma was searching for a plan to help its athletic facilities keep pace with its burgeoning enrollment.  With its aging facilities, the athletic department found recruiting to be an increasing challenge and looked to STUDIOARCHITECTURE to generate a vision that would help propel UCO to the next level.

The solution is a new three-level facility that serves all of the University’s athletes, coaches, trainers, and support staff.  Level One includes a weight room, therapy/rehab spaces, and locker rooms for the football team and other athletes.  Level Two contains coaches’ offices and meeting rooms.  Level Three contains an academic center, study rooms, tutoring spaces, an auditorium, and the Stampede Club – a lounge for athletes, alumni, and donors where UCO can showcase its prolific athletic history, as well as hold banquets and gatherings.  On this level, overlooking the football field, is a large rooftop terrace.

In the highly competitive world of collegiate athletics and recruiting, UCO wanted the new facility to have an impressive presence.  Large glass expanses provide transparency between building activity and the playing field, while maximizing natural daylight.  Brick massing, arches, and detailing provide continuity with a recent press box addition and aesthetically tie the facility to the rest of campus.