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Bergstrom Football Complex, Iowa State University | Ames, IA
Substance Architecture | Des Moines, IA

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Design Statement:
As a Division 1 Football program, the client requested a facility that was functional, cost effective, and, perhaps most of all, one that communicated the spirit and energy of Cyclone Football to current players and potential recruits. From the onset, the building was seen as both a training facility and an important recruiting asset. To maximize the effectiveness and impact of the facility, two of its most important functional spaces – the indoor practice facility and the 12,000 square foot strength training space – were highlighted. These two spaces play significant roles in player development and, as a result, are the spaces that recruits and their families are most interested in seeing. Views into and through these spaces welcome visitors and provide incoming recruits a preview of the type of training that awaits them as the school's Football players. Daylight is used to illuminate these spaces and add a sense of energy. To further enhance their visual impact, carefully developed graphics were integrated into the design, as well as extensive use of the team colors – cardinal and gold. The remaining spaces – coaches' offices, meeting rooms, athletic training/sports medicine and locker facilities – extend this established visual language with graphics, coloration, and the extensive use of daylight. The result is a high-impact, state-of-the-art training facility that, after just two seasons of use, has significantly improved the Cyclones athletic and recruiting performance.
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