Bayley-Ellard Catholic H.S. commissioned Gertler & Wente Architects to design a 40,000 sf field house for their athletic teams to practice in year-round. The 165′ x 175′ artificial turf field is used primarily for baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse practices. The two-story “core” building faces the football field and houses the locker rooms, wrestling room, weight room, uniform storage, coaches’ offices, bathrooms and viewing areas.
The building is sited to create a new focus at the campus entrance, enhancing and defining an existing tree sprinkled grass meadow. In consideration of residential neighbors, selection of building materials included red brick, warm toned metal siding, translucent fiberglass panels, glass and a thick Arbor Vitae wall.