Category Archives: Rec/Sports

Fitton Field Loge Boxes

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The premier of new loge boxes at Fitton Field in Worcester, MA is about two weeks away.  The boxes took underutilized seating and converted it into comfortable new VIP seating.  The platforms and canopies were designed on a fast track with help from Friday Architects.  Go Bravehearts!


Drexel Pro-Active Health

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Friday completed renovations to several spaces within the Drexel Recreation Center to accommodate a new fitness center, training room and offices.


Friends Central Gym

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Friday was selected as architect for an expanded Athletic Facility for Friends’ Central School on their suburban Philadelphia campus.  Phase I services established both program and conceptual design for the facility.

Through a series of interviews with the school community, Friday synthesized an evaluation of existing athletic facilities and a complex “wish list” into a tentative space program.  From this, five conceptual site configuration alternatives and building volume studies were developed that illustrated the pros and cons of the myriad programmatic, site, and design choices.  Through an intensive and highly interactive series of meetings with the Building Committee, a sixth and final scheme, happily dubbed the “Consensus Scheme”, evolved.

The completed facility, named Shimada Athletic Center, contains 50,000sf of new and renovated space including a two-station gymnasium, enclosed competition swimming pool, two-mat wrestling room, fitness center, and associated locker/shower rooms and other support functions.  Site improvements include a reconfigured softball field and relocated tennis courts.  Construction was completed on schedule and the new facility was ready for the start of the following school year.


DAC Expansion

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Friday Architects/Planners was retained by Drexel Design, Planning & Construction (DPC) to study the feasibility of expanding and upgrading the Daskalaskis Athletic Center (DAC) at 33rd and Market Streets in Philadelphia. The goal  was to improve the facilities for the Drexel Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs.  Using an initial program of spaces, Friday examined three seating configuration options to confirm that 3000 seats could be accommodated within the volume of the existing building plus a small addition.

Rotation of the existing center court and removal of selected structural members allow the design to take advantage of the length of the building for deeper seating areas and, more importantly, to extend seating higher into the full volume of the arched roof space by eliminating sightline obstructions.  These new north and south seating areas will be almost entirely collapsible, enabling adaptation for special events requiring a large, open floor area. The north end will include 670 chairback seats and the south end will seat 1400 students and visitors on bleachers.

The addition provides a new public concourse and concessions to the north of the court and locates new public toilet rooms to the east and west, directly accessible from the arena floor.  The second level of the new addition includes the private suites and team offices.  The third level is an upper concourse with 920 bleacher seats, toilets and concession areas.  The existing suite level within the DAC becomes circulation area for access to the new south end bleachers.


Simons Rec

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Anthony Bracali ARCHitecture was awarded the commission for improvements to the City of Philadelphia’s third largest recreation center in 2005.  This project was transitioned to Friday Architects/Planners, Inc following our June 2007 merger.

The project includes improvements and upgrades around the entire property.  The scope includes a new concession building, new storage additions, ice rink roof replacement, field improvements and interior lighting and flooring upgrades.

Our design for the new buildings uses the palette of basic geometric forms and bold colors employed by the existing recreation center.  The new concession and field storage buildings are sited to provide a “gateway” entrance to the athletic fields.


Tullio Arena Expansion

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In January 2010, Friday began work as part of Friday/Sink Combs Dethlefs Joint Venture Architects to design the expansion and renovations to Tullio Arena and create a major, public outdoor plaza in downtown Erie, PA.  The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League call the 5,600 seat building home. The arena is the centerpiece of a sports and entertainment district managed by the Erie County Convention Center Authority (ECCCA) that includes the Warner Theater, Bayfront Convention Center and Jerry Uht Ballpark. Tullio Arena shares a compact downtown block with the Ballpark, which is home to the Minor League Erie Seawolves of the Double A Eastern League.

The program currently includes the expansion of arena seating capacity and the addition of club boxes and suites.  The upgraded interior will be served by a new entrance concourse and new supporting amenities for the various teams that share the arena.  A unifying feature of the multi-sport district will be a new public plaza linking the arena, the ballpark and the Warner Theater.


Pan Am Bid

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Friday was commissioned to develop a design for a large-mixed use sports and community recreation complex for a large municipality in Canada.  The design supports a bid for as major, international sports tournament.

The complex includes a stadium which can be converted from baseball to cricket.  The stadium suites double as meeting rooms and are located in a hotel complex built directly adjacent to the seating bowl.  In this manner, the infrastructure to support the hotel and seating bowl are shared and costs are reduced.  The client is currently working to secure the tournament.


Kline & Specter Squash Center

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Drexel University wanted to grow their Varsity Squash Team. Unfortunately, their facilities were holding them back. Friday Architects and Planners was retained to completely renovate and upgrade the existing 7-court squash center in the
Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The original squash center, built in the early 1970s, was dark, lifeless and did not conform to international standards that are dictated by the World Squash Federation. We investigated new opportunities for viewing and public circulation around and above the playing courts.

We also leveraged the existing conditions by exposing the beautifully muscular concrete coffered ceiling and specifying pretty but low maintenance materials throughout.


Independent Baseball

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Friday has working with an Independent League ownership group to develop concepts for a mixed use development including “micro ballpark.”  The project includes a ballpark with 1,500 fixed seats, an adjacent hotel with meeting rooms that double as suites, a parking garage and a retail component.  The ballpark features a seating berm that can accommodate an additional 1,000 guests, elevated concourse as well as a large kids play area.


Greater Plymouth Fitness Center

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Friday was engaged by the Plymouth Township Recreation Commission to conduct an extensive facility expansion study.  The existing building was a heavily used recreation and community center, which includes a large gymnasium, indoor pool fitness center and community meeting rooms.  Working with their operations consultant, our office organized an initial “goals and challenges” meeting and from that developed a detailed program analysis of existing spaces and future needs.

With this information determined, Friday prepared two conceptual plans for expansion and renovation of the building.  Our structural and MEP consultant performed site visits to familiarize themselves with existing systems that would impact new work.  Our design options were accompanied by cost estimates.  This information was presented in a dynamic format using 3D computer models of the components of each scheme.  This went a long way towards helping our client understand the complexities of each design.