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Deerfield Academy Athletics Complex Honored by Athletic Business

Deerfield Academy Athletics Complex has been named one of Athletic Business’s 2020 Facilities of Merit as part of their annual Architectural Showcase.

The athletics and recreation facility for Deerfield Academy includes the addition of an indoor field house, tennis center, crew tank, and the replacement of its ice hockey rink. This 132,000-square-foot facility is the newest piece of the existing sports complex, continuing the tradition of linking all venues under one roof.

“This is an outstanding project,” said one of the judges on the 2020 jury. “The design does well to respect and integrate to surrounding vernacular. The shed roof forms and subtle material uses create a building that responds to the historical and is contemporary in its detailing.”

Facilities are selected on the basis of plan efficiency; functional relationships and measures taken to maximize use of space; interior finishes, detailing and color schemes; exterior design; relationship of building to site; and cost of construction for value received.

“The barn imagery translated nicely to this warm, yet cleanly delineated design,” says Tracy Carusi, another judge. “Nothing is too fussy and the result is an inviting, contextual solution. It’s admirable in its restraint, relying on plain geometry and skillful use of proportion and solid/void expression.”

“The exterior form’s reference to New England barns is handled very skillfully, as is the use of modern, but warm materials,” says Steve Chung, another judge.

Athletic Business has published a profile of the project here.

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