Shenandoah University Athletic Field House


The Shockey Precast Group teamed with sister company and general contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. to provide a precast solution that would meet Shenandoah University’s budget and aesthetic vision. The precast design presented to the university features 50’ tall, 10”-thick structurally composite insulated prestressed concrete panels, supporting top-hung steel roof trusses. The building corners feature 12’-14’ tall cantilevering parapets requiring stiffening back ribs for support. Because the resulting panel height is approximately 62’, The Shockey Precast Group utilized a 52’ long temporary panel shoring system to stabilize the structure until the roof system is fully completed. Shockey also utilized helical piles for shoring anchoring in lieu of dedicated foundations or dead men. While the original precast design included an architectural thin-brick facade, Shenandoah University selected a field-laid brick option to complement the other buildings on campus, most notably its Health & Life Sciences Building, completed by Howard Shockey & Sons in 2014. The exterior façade of the new Athletic Field House also includes four 18’ diameter architectural precast feature medallions, the Shenandoah University president’s seal and the Shenandoah Athletics Hornets logo.

Project Details

  • Name Shenandoah University Athletic Field House
  • Location Winchester, VA
  • Owner Shenandoah University
  • Architect Earl Swensson Architects, Inc.
  • General Contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.
  • Size 85,438 SF

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