United Therapeutics Field House
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC
Completion Date: May 2012
Project Team: Frank Harmon and Tika Hicks
A pharmaceutical company in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park needed a 5136-square-foot field house for an Olympic-size soccer field built for employees and their families. The structure needed to provide changing areas, showers, and restrooms for two teams of 10-12 people, as well as a Gathering Area with a fireplace. The structure also had to accommodate necessary support spaces—maintenance/storage room, mechanical/electrical rooms—and each changing room needed a janitor’s closet.
Our Design Response
The field house creates a dramatic gateway to the soccer field. The teams pass through a stone “wall” via a central breezeway with changing areas on either side of the breezeway. Six-foot-deep roof overhangs provide “porches” on the entry (east) and field (west) sides of the building. The outdoor Gathering Area is located at the southern end of the building.
Regionally appropriate construction materials include native building stone, cypress siding, cypress tongue-in-groove ceilings and soffits, and ground-concrete-and-bluestone floors. A standing-seam metal roof reflects heat away from the interior in the summer.
2013 American Institute of Architects, North Carolina Component, Merit Design Award