University of South Carolina Coaches Support Building

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About Project

JHS Architecture was selected in 2008 to design the third structure, The Coaches Support Building, for what is becoming the center for the University of South Carolina Athletic program. This project is located in the Roost Master plan which is conceived as an Athletic Village with various buildings surrounding an open green space. The purpose of the Athletic Coaches Support Building is to provide a facility in which coaches from most of the University’s sports and various supporting administrative departments can coexist under one roof. The building will also accommodate the offices of the Athletic Director and the Assistant Athletic Directors. Lastly, the facility will be a critical component of the reinvigorated athletic infrastructure at USC which is so important to the perception of potential athletic recruits.
The building bears the responsibility of defining the eastern edge of the entrance to the courtyard of the Athletic Village. The building’s architecture seeks to adhere with the University’s Design Guidelines and carry forward certain themes established in the Academic Enrichment Center. The design team sought a sculptural balance between this building and the adjacent Academic Enrichment Center employing carefully conceived asymmetry between the structures. The palette of materials established for this area are continued on the Athletic Coaches Support Building to create a cohesive campus feel. However, detailing will generally be more restrained in an effort to acknowledge University Design Guidelines, the adjacent residential neighborhood and to establish a proper hierarchy of detail within the Athletic Village.

The building was initially conceived as three floors of roughly 20,000 square feet per floor. The building program is focused on office environments with inspired public areas and practical service spaces. A public circulation spine is envisioned along the courtyard façade. This space serves as an elongated entrance space, but may also serve to offer a narrative for Gamecock sports through displays and graphics. This project received LEED Gold Certification.
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