FEATURES OF THE CHESSICK PRACTICE CENTER
When we began designing the CPC we based our plans on the best practices of similar facilities at schools within the MAC and other conferences. Our goal: to create the best possible environment for our athletes to hone their skills, build camaraderie and develop into champions.
With an indoor practice facility our teams will have:
- the ability to practice regardless of weather conditions.
- access to a fully equipped conditioning facility year round.
- enough room for multiple teams to practice simultaneously.
Comfort features include:
- White roof for cooling and reduction of “heat island” effect
- Translucent wall panels provide day lighting without hot spots
- Direct/indirect energy efficient lighting guided by sensors that progressively turn off fixtures according to natural light availability
- Heat captured high in the ceiling is recirculated in the winter or exhausted in the summer
- Heating equipment is tied to campus steam system
- Cooling equipment for “link” structure is tied to campus chilled water system
- No artificial cooling in the practice room – an innovative ventilation system moves air at the play level using natural convection and prevailing winds, augmented as needed by high-volume fans
- Men’s and women’s restrooms
Exterior features include:
- Building entries at east and west for daily use and movement of large crowds on game day
- Entry structures clearly marked with signage for easy traffic flow management
- East entry has a broad plaza with major sculpture position and imposing colonnade
- Illuminated graphics on the east and west faces of the building
Athletic features include:
- Full NCAA football playing field dimensions – 65’ clear height at center field and 45’ clear height at the sidelines
- Artificial turf to exactly match the stadium surface, including color, markings and graphics
- Four-lane sprint track with resilient surface
- Batting cages
- Storage cages
- Long jump pit
- Play clock system
- Robo-cam locations
- Retractable center net to allow multi-sport use
- Field goal nets
- Wall protection nets
- 80 linear feet of shoe-changing bench with cubbies for holding personal gear
- Plenty of circulation space
- Approximately 120 linear feet of play observation windows into the practice room
- View into practice room from second floor team room in Yordon Center
- Lounge and display spaces
- 120 yards of hitting space will allow golfers to track full flight and trajectory of ball.