Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center, Berkshire School
The project goal was to design a multi-purpose sports facility to support all seasonal field sports combined with a two-sheet ice arena. The project design is organized along a central service spine between the two rinks. This core houses team rooms (for all sports in-season) at Ice Level 1.
The challenge was how to separate the two rinks acoustically and functionally. To do this, we designed a four-level service core with:
- Competitor Spaces at Ice Level 1: Separate team entrances and corridors from locker rooms to benches.
- Spectator Concourse: At the Entry Level 2 connecting the front and rear entrances and acoustically isolating the rinks.
- Press Box Level 3: Serving both rinks with Rink 2 side glass enclosed.
- Mechanical Level 4: HVAC equipment serving both rinks.
Focal points are the exterior building form and the lobby. The exterior shape divides a long curved roof into two sections both sloping to within 12 feet of grade. Seen from the lower driveway approach, the building blends into the Berkshire foothills beyond. It was sited as far back as possible on the site to reduce its scale.
The interior focal point is the entry lobby and concourse with glazed walls allowing visitors a view into the rinks, offering soft seating in a heated quiet space, a café, and several offset entries to both rinks.
Berkshire’s campus site for this new sports complex allowed for a tiered approach to site planning with the rink at the top rear of the visual framework. The site was large enough (ten acres) to easily support a building footprint of 78,000 SF (using a parallel alignment of the rinks) as well as two soccer fields, a baseball field, field events area, and a new facilities complex (refer to the site plan) to the rear of the sports complex.