In March 2009, The University
of Georgia’s Department of Recreational Sports opened the Club Sports
Complex. This lighted 180,000 sq. ft. complex allows for three practice
fields and/or two competition fields, and is scheduled for the dedicated
use of the department’s club sport program.
Unique aesthetic or architectural design features
The complex is situated
behind a tree line and below a hill, which allows for privacy and less
night light exposure to the surrounding area. In addition, during
construction of the field, no trees were cut down or removed. The field
is situated perfectly surrounded by 3 sides of trees. The storage
area/rest room area is equipped with all green products. The storage
area is proximate to fields one and two, allowing staff to view all of
the fields from a single location as well as being able to view the
parking lot. The space is very open and affords the opportunity for
participants and staff to have a panoramic view as they enter the
During the time of the
construction of the Club Sports Complex, the state of Georgia was in a
major drought, and the main objective of the architect team was to
ensure this area as water sustainable as possible.
Here is a list of features:
- The landscape design for the
complex incorporates restorative storm water methods to improve water
quality. Rainwater from the parking lot and surrounding hillside
infiltrates into porous pavement, or is directed to a series of swales
and rain gardens designed to slow down and cleanse the water before
emptying into a large bioretention zone.
- The complex features a
first on UGA campus: composting toilets. The toilets operate similar to
standard fixtures, and provide a familiar and odor free facility. These
composting toilets utilize a foam flush that uses only 3 ounces of water
per flush as opposed to 1.6 gallons. The only difference is how the
waste is treated. Instead of piping waste to a central sewer plant to be
treated chemically and then dumped back into the Oconee River,
composting toilets use natural processes, such as earthworms, to break
down waste into safe, reusable compost. The end product can be mixed
into UGA’s compost operation as an organic soil amendment.
- The complex features the first on campus use of solar-operated LED lighting for the parking lot light poles.
- Lighting at the new
complex is also “Dark Sky Compliant.” Lights are shaded and directed so
that no light escapes upward beyond the horizon and light trespass is
greatly minimized. Compact florescent, energy efficient light bulbs are
also used exclusively on site.
- The Big Belly Solar
compaction system uses solar energy to compact trash on site. This
system allows for trash to be automatically compacted which provides for
fewer trips for the trash collection.