MARTY HOLLY ATHLETIC CENTER*

COLLEGE OF IDAHO

1924 FILLMORE STREET

CALDWELL, IDAHO

PROBLEM:

The oldest private liberal arts college in Idaho, The College of Idaho, decided to re-introduce football after a 37-year pause.  Their current athletic facilities did not have the capacity to support the needs of a NAIA football program.  The first game was scheduled Fall 2014.  Concurrent, the college began a national marketing campaign to attract prospective students to attend the College of Idaho and experience one of Idaho’s greatest treasures, outdoor recreational sports.  A facility needed to be planned to support this program, Outdoor Education.  Start time: Spring 2013.

SOLUTION:

A proposed solution was to combine both needs into one building.  The Outdoor Education and the Athletic Center would share common space while having separate identities within the facility starting with separate entry points.  The Outdoor Education is only planned and not currently funded.

DESIGN:

The 22,000 SF ‘L’ shaped plan fronts two streets.  This allows for each program to have separate entry at each end while placing shared functions between.  The site has a 10-ft. fall onto an activity field from the street level.  This moved the design to create a two-level solution with main entry points at the upper level and direct field access at the lower.  Seminar and Athletic Program Offices are located at the upper level while student athlete Weight, Locker Room, and Training facilities reside at the lower level for better time management of the student athlete and program adjacencies.  The architectural language and material palette takes cues from buildings adjacent to the Marty Holly Athletic Center and the north end of the college campus.

The $3.8 million dollar facility opened in July 2014.

*In-Association with Hummel

Gregory A. Ugrin  AIA NCARB

Design Principal, Design Architect + Architect of Record (Hummel 1994 – 2014)