Rollins College Lacrosse Athletic Facility
Facilities Concept Study for a new Rollins College Lacrosse Athletic Facility was the result of a collaborative effort led by the College’s Administration, Real Estate Advisor, Rollins College Athletic Department, the Tars Lacrosse Men and Women’s Coaches and ACi Architects. The effort was conducted over a four week period employing strong core stakeholder participation, site visits, and four valued creative workshops at ACi Architects’ Winter Park office. The purpose of the study was to define initial guiding principles and key assumptions so that Rollins could make informed decisions regarding the colleges’ continuing transformation of its athletic programs and master plan.
Services included visioning, comparable college Lacrosse program analysis, master site planning, facilities programming, architecture, preliminary cost estimates and a facilities implementation schedule for review and presentation to the Board of Trustees. Facility program elements included spectator arrival/departure entry experiences, parking, field/stadium gateways, food/beverage concessions, playing and practice fields, practice walls, ticketing/admissions, press room, athlete hall of fame, coaches offices, training, conference rooms, home/visitor locker rooms, restrooms, equipment storage, initial bleacher seating with expansion capabilities, sound/public address systems, field lighting, scoreboard, Lacrosse NCAA standards for fields/ layouts, on-field goals/nets/team bench seating and fencing.
One of the most interesting and differentiating features of the design is how it creates a smaller unique “athletic facility experience”. In order to recruit the best student-athletes in the country and “grow the alumni experience” through athletics ACi Architects’ design focused on the quality of experience vs. size of the athletic facilities. This included the pageantry, tradition and use of multiple “venue elements” including the arrival/departure experience, i.e., tailgating, field alumni recognition events, and architectural style. This approach helped the college symbolize the “ivy league” quality of academics and athletics found at Rollins College and at other smaller private institutions. Additionally, there are multiple venue building elements for major/minor student, alumni and friends of the college to provide financial support including brick plazas, arrival/departure entrances, field admission gates, scoreboards, building name, fields, bleachers, and future connecting buildings, fields and facilities. Recently, a partnership has been developed with the minor league baseball team the Brevard Manatees to co-exist in the same state-of-the-art stadium.
“ACi Architects listen, act and continue to deliver.”
– Scott Bitikofer, Director of Facilities at Rollins College