RDG Wins National Design Award
Des Moines, IA – January, 2010 Athletic Business Magazine selected the University of Florida Heavener Football Complex Expansion to receive their distinguished Facility of Merit Award – One of only ten awards given in 2009. This LEED Platinum facility serves the national championship football program of the University of Florida. RDG and the University were publicly honored at Athletic Business’ national conference in Orlando, December 4, 2009, and this facility is featured in the December 2009 issue of Athletic Business. One of the jurors commented, “Nicely integrated into the football stadium, it holds its own, and certainly sets the tone for the importance of the football program.”
This award program now in its 29th year, recognizes architects, consultants, facility owners and managers for their efforts planning, financing, designing and operating athletic recreation and wellness facilities that set high standards for design and functionality. The Heavener Complex was chosen from a field of 97 select projects which have been built across the country. This award was juried by a distinguished panel of 7 judges specializing in sports facility design. Awarded projects demonstrated sound design principals in the areas of transparency, organization, detailing, sustainability, functionality, and appropriateness to their surrounds. The Heavener Complex achieved high marks in all categories.
Designed by Des Moines-based RDG Planning & Design, the Heavener Football Complex, houses the football program’s expanded strength and conditioning room, locker facilities, video editing suite, nutrition room, coaches and administration offices, and an expanded Gator Room and Hall of Champions. RDG designed the Football Complex to fit within the context of the existing stadium, yet stand out as a dynamic front door, creating a “wow” first impression that amplifies the strength of this nationally-renowned program. This structure receives high marks for its sustainable design and practices, noted as the first facility within the State of Florida to receive a LEED Platinum Certificate from the USGBS.
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