The Ernest W. Seaholm Maples High School campus is landlocked. Bound by three roads and adjacent housing, every square foot of the site has a dedicated use and user. Any new construction would have to balance the needs of these stakeholders with the very limited space available. The edict was clear; we had to find a way to minimize the building’s physical impact on the site.
The final building design stitches together various sporting events, community activities, and fan experiences alike through careful placement and planning, creating the new Ernest W. Seaholm Maples Athletic Facility. Stacking the auxiliary gym on top of the stadium amenities cuts the building footprint in half while maximizing existing practice field space. This new floating gym provides a great viewing platform above the football and softball fields, while the north balcony generates a new fan experience. The overhangs created will become the perfect zone for concessions or space to get out of the rain. The south face of the building opens onto the softball field and forms a new backdrop, dubbed “the maroon monster,” for the stadium. The building weaves together a diverse set of experiences and opportunities, much like the community it serves.
The program covered a broad spectrum affecting the school’s athletic program at nearly every level. The project’s centerpiece was the auxiliary gym and indoor track addition, which also incorporated simultaneous-use, multi-sport team rooms, locker rooms, classrooms, and training facilities. Golf simulators and indoor batting cages are also key features within the auxiliary gym facility. State-of-the-art controls allow for quick conversion of the gym space from basketball to volleyball. The Indoor and outdoor fan experience is enhanced with integrated concessions, branded plaza, and site lighting connecting spectators to all the adjacent sports fields. Artificial turf was added to the varsity softball, varsity baseball, and practice fields as well as field lighting at the ball fields to extend late afternoon games. Site work also included a newly reconfigured outdoor track and resurfacing of tennis courts, and a new ropes course installation.