Athletics and Recreation
IGW led a team of architects and engineers in the planning and design of the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Located adjacent to Memorial Stadium, the Fighting Illini locker room and outdoor practice fields, this facility provides the football team with the ultimate in flexibility for working indoors or out in response to changing weather conditions. A unique structural approach, combining an asymmetrical arched truss spanning lengthwise with conventional gable framing to the sidewalls, reduces the scale and impact of the structure on its site and neighboring buildings while allowing appropriate interior vertical clearances for football activities.
Because the site borders the academic district, the exterior of the building uses materials typical to the university campus including university blend brick, limestone detailing and areas of prefinished metal panels. The 80,000 square foot facility combines an abundance of daylighting with direct/indirect artificial lighting and includes retractable netting and batting cages to support expanded use by the baseball, softball and soccer programs.