Troy University`s Trojan Arena receives national recognition
Troy University's Trojan Arena Receives National Recognition
Posted: Mon 3:51 PM, May 05, 2014
TROY –Troy University’s “Trojan Arena” has been named by “Learning
project in its Spring 2014 Architectural Review Showcase.
By Design” as an outstanding
In association with the American Institute of Architects Academy, the Council of Educational Facility
Planners International, and the American Architectural Foundation Design for Learning Council, Ed Spaces
and others, “Learning By Design” recognizes some of the most exceptional education design projects in the
“We are delighted that Trojan Arena has been recognized as one of the best facilities of its kind in the
nation,” said Troy Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “This award is testament to the vision of our trustees and
staff and it reflects the talent of our architectural partners Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. Through intense
‘value engineering’ the end result exceeded the financial investment we made in the Arena.”
Montgomery architectural firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc., in cooperation with Populous, spearheaded
the design of the 5,500-seat $40 million arena that has received other national and international awards for
its design and use of technology .
The design team included Bill Wallace, principal, and Freddie Lynn, Jr., project manager
Goodwyn, Mills and Caywood, and Populous’ Jim Swords.
, both of
“In the 18 months since it’s opening, Trojan Arena has proven to be a tremendous asset for Troy
Athletics,” said John Hartwell, TROY’s Director of Athletics. “Its ‘wow factor’ is a huge recruiting advantage
for us not just in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, but for all of our sports. We certainly believe
the addition of Trojan Arena has elevated the stature of our Athletics' program, and will pay dividends for
many years to come.”
Trojan Arena is a 126,465 square-foot multipurpose sports complex that serves as the home of the
University’s NCAA Division I basketball, volleyball and track programs. It also serves as a convocation,
commencement and special events venue. The arena features a three-tiered rotunda at the main entrance
that leads directly the building’s centerpiece, the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame and two 767-squarefoot video boards at either end of the of the arena bowl, and a simulated court area on the surrounding
concourse enhance the fan experience in the facility.
Four concession stands and a food court, in addition to club-level and seven luxury suites, are included in
the building, which features state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems. A training room, weight room and a
practice court is also housed in the
building. An additional 600-seat floor capacity expands total seating
Trojan Arena opened Sept. 8, 2012, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Trojans first game in the facility
was Nov. 9, 2012-- a 56-53 win over MississippiState.
HOAR Construction, Inc. was the general contractor for the construction of the arena.
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Troy University - Trojan Arena
Sports Facility/Fitness Center
Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc.
2660 East Chase Ln., Suite 200
N G AL
Bill Wallace, AIA
Bill Wallace, AIA, Principal, Goodwyn,
Mills & Cawood, Inc.
Freddie Lynn Jr., AIA, Project Manager,
Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc.
Jim Swords, AIA, POPULOUS, Design
Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor
Capacity: 5,800 seat capacity
Space per Student: 22 sq. ft.
Cost per Student: $5,181
Square Foot Cost: $237
Construction Cost: $30 million
Contract Date: Jul. 2012
Photography: Edward Badham
L e a r n i n g B y D e s i g n S P R I N G 2 0 1 4 | www.learningbydesign.biz Trojan Arena became
the cornerstone of
Troy University’s athletic complex, situated
between the football stadium and the track and
field complex, upon its
completion in July 2012.
The 126,465 square-foot
complex provides stateof-the-art facilities for
the University’s NCAA
Division I basketball,
volleyball and track
programs, along with
serving as a venue for its
commencement ceremonies and special events.
The 5,800-seat Arena
features a three-tiered
rotunda at the main
entrance that leads
directly into the building’s centerpiece—the
Troy University Sports
Hall of Fame, showcasing its members with
digital displays adjacent
to the rotunda. Two
boards on either end
of the Arena bowl and
a simulated court area
on the surrounding
concourse enhance the
overall fan experience
throughout the entire
The club-level VIP
suites and boxes include
special pre- and postgame amenity areas for
ticket holders. Students
have the ultimate
seating. Four traditional
concession stands were
strategically placed in
each corner of the sports
facility, along with a
food-court style dining
center with specialty
food items and a fullservice kitchen with the
capacity to provide food
for both in-house events
and those in other campus locations.