Following an extensive site selection and test-fit phase with Erie County, HHL Architects, in collaboration with technical consultant Counsilman-Hunsaker (aquatics specialist), designed this state-of-the art athletic center for its initial use as the 1993 World University Games swimming venue.
Following the conclusion of the Games, it became the main field house for the College. The facility houses 50 meter and 75 yard competition pools, a field house containing three basketball courts and a suspended running track, a wellness center, a small gym for dance and martial arts, lockers, administrative offices and six academic classrooms.
A construction budget surplus of $1 million resulted in the addition of a below-grade (sub-road) tunnel connection to the National Historic Landmark ECC Campus Building. A detailed construction schedule was implemented in order to guarantee on time completion for the World University games.
The building was designed to complement the surrounding urban context and to provide a facility appealing to the College and to the Downtown Buffalo community. HHL Architects provided architectural design services from initial site selection through construction administration.