Colby College Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center received a Merit Award for Design Excellence. The new center is a 350,000-square-foot facility that integrates indoor competition venues, training areas, and other support spaces to serve the college’s athletics, recreation, and wellness programs. The facility is arranged around a central courtyard that connects all levels and provides clarity and orientation for visitors and everyday users.
The project has achieved LEED Platinum certification and is the first SITES-certified project in Maine and the first SITES Gold project in New England. The project is in partnership with Hopkins Architects in London.
“The jury recognizes Colby College Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center for its clarity of form and purpose,” the jury said. “The pared-down material palette and efficient structure achieve a serene, elemental simplicity not commonly found in athletic facilities, elegantly focusing attention onto the landscape beyond and the sport within. Additionally, the attention to sustainability, reflected by the project’s LEED Platinum and SITES Gold certifications, is noteworthy.”