Located at the intersection of Lyon Street and Bostwick Avenue, the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse was originally constructed in the mid 1970’s and has received a number of minor upgrades over the past 50 years. Through a series of meetings and workshops with building users a number of goals were established for this renovation; more instructional space is vital to the future success of this building, a greater flexibility in the existing spaces would allow for better building utilization and, perhaps most importantly, a welcoming atmosphere for both the students and the community is a must.
The overarching strategy for this renovation centers on gaining efficiencies out of the existing underutilized locker room and circulation space. The proposed plan separates instructional space from the locker rooms, freeing area on the arena level for two new large instructional spaces. These spaces create a great flexibility, functioning as additional support space during events as well as multipurpose space for everyday use.