Columbia University, Campbell Sports Center

New York, NY




2014 Platinum Award, Building/Technology Systems, USA, ACEC New York
2014 Building of the Year, The Architect's Newspaper
2014 AIANY Design Award, Honor Award, Architecture category, American Institute of Architects, New York
2013 Outstanding Project: Athletic Facility, Greater New York Construction User Council
2013 MASterworks Award, Best New Building, USA, The Municipal Art Society of New York
2013 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
Columbia University, Campbell Sports Center
Columbia University, Campbell Sports Center
Columbia University, Campbell Sports Center

Campbell Sports Center, located at the northernmost edge of Manhattan, serves as a gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex and is the first new athletics building commissioned by Columbia University since the 1970s.  The five story, 48,000 sq ft facility houses sports training and conditioning spaces, offices, meeting rooms, a hospitality suite, and study rooms.  SGH provided building enclosure consulting and construction phase services for the project.

Scope | Solutions

The sports center’s covered pedestrian walkways negotiate the busy site.  Offset blocks and an extension reaching over stepped landscaping give the facility a modern appearance.

SGH reviewed the proposed enclosure design and details that address transitions for the complicated facades featuring setbacks, overhangs, terraces, and interrupting exterior stairways.  We provided recommendations for the roofing and waterproofing systems, metal panel rainscreen cladding, curtain wall, and clerestory systems.  In addition, we helped to resolve specific design challenges associated with performance testing criteria and expectations, temporary roofing, insulating concrete, and waterproofing/vapor retarder membranes. 

SGH provided construction phase services, including mockup reviews, observations of performance testing, and special inspections of enclosure systems.

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