WOMEN'S SOFTBALL TRAINING FACILITY

Client

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Location

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Completion

2010

Area

13,200 SQUARE FEET

Contractor

BAYCREST

To aid the FSU Women’s Softball Team in player development and in competing with the top collegiate softball programs in the country an Indoor Softball Batting Cage and Practice Facility was developed to protect the players from inclement weather. AL+W was contracted to design a facility that would help the University achieve this. The design incorporated 4 batting areas, equipment storage, and a new bullpen within the first level. In addition, a second floor houses a fielding practice space and viewing area, with a ramped connection to the Soccer-Softball Building concourse and an additional vertical access. The structure utilizes steel frame technology with bow chord trusses to achieve the open spans needed for this athletic practice space. The design aesthetic recognizes the nature of this building structure yet pays homage to the classical University precedents through its brick and stone treatments. The naturally ventilated and efficiently lit athletic facility will provide a comfortable, versatile, and energy efficient space that will press the goals of quality design, and performance well into the future. Building and site issues taken into consideration for this project are the potential relocation of underground stormwater piping and other utilities, protection of a mature live oak tree east of the facility location, abuse resistant lighting and air circulation systems, screening to protect non-hitters from softballs, durable surfaces and finishes, padding on the field-side of the bullpen screens, retractable batting cage netting, retaining walls to prevent water intrusion, proper ceiling heights to accommodate practice routines, and adherence to historic FSU design guidelines and aesthetics.