Football Performance Center

Exterior View of Football Performance Center

Project Overview

LEED Certification: Tracking BD+C v3 Gold                          
Completion:  July 2014 (Estimated)
Architect: Perkins + Will
Project Manager: Joseph Balzano

Project Purpose

In 2012 the UMass Football team began a new era as a full member of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a member of the Mid-American Conference. As part of that new era the University realized that some facility upgrades would be required. The previous single-story Stadium Facilities Building was long outdated and well under-sized to support the upgraded football program and the requirements for both home and visiting teams on game days. Also the Football team facilities were spread out in multiple locations on Campus making daily life very inefficient and not very sustainable.

In an effort to remedy these inefficiencies, the University is constructing the new Football Performance Center that brings all of its home team program needs together under one roof in a fully accessible building. Some of the program needs being addressed with the new Center include locker rooms, strength & conditioning areas, coach offices, team meeting rooms, equipment storage, and laundry facilities. The new Center provides athletes a state of the art facility to hone their athletic and academic performance, but also provides a new recruiting tool for the coaching staff as they seek to build the FBS UMass Football Program to compete at the highest national level.

The new Football Performance Center will be located at the north end of the existing Stadium with a south-facing terrace overlooking the field.  The new Football Performance Center has also been designed to be fully accessible for those that may have disabilities (or injured players) including elevators and restrooms, which the current facilities lack.

Sustainable Design Features

LEED Certification:  The FPC is registered as a LEED v3 BD+C project and is currently tracking Gold certification. This exceeds the minimum required LEED Silver by the ACUPCC and LEED Plus standard set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Sustainable Site Development and Landscaping:  The site is adjacent to the existing McGuirk Stadium and within walking of a variety of retail establishments, services, student housing, and several bus lines. Surface run-off will be mitigated by grading so that storm water drains into landscaped areas. Some of the previously paved areas have been re-vegetated and paving materials have been specified with

Water Conservation:  Landscaped areas utilize primarily native plant materials will have no irrigation, relying on available rainfall. Water Consumption in the building will be reduced with dual-flush toilets, low flow urinals, and water efficient shower heads.

Energy Use Reduction:   Reduced Energy usage is a top priority at UMA. The FPC is too far away from the CHP Plant and so it will rely on purchased electricity and natural gas for the building’s systems. Geo-exchange was investigated, but found to be too expensive for the project’s capital budget. Basic ECMs included a high performance building enclosure with a 30% glass/ 70% solid wall ratio, high efficiency boilers, and a high efficiency MagLev chiller.  Modeled energy use reduction is 25% over LEED v3 baseline. Energy use will be metered so that UMA can understand how the building is performing and make adjustments to improve performance.

Materials: The building materials will have almost 30% Recycled Content, more than 20% Regional, and more than 50% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Wood. To date, more than 95% of the construction waste is being recycled.

Indoor Environmental Quality: The entire UMA Campus became non-smoking as of July 1, 2013, demonstrating the University’s commitment to improved indoor air quality (IAQ). In addition, construction indoor air quality is being managed and low VOC materials have been specified and installed. Improved IAQ will be maintained during occupancy by the implementation of a Green Cleaning Program, which minimizes the use of toxic materials for cleaning.