Shenandoah University Athletic Field House

Winchester, VA
Earl Swensson Architects, Inc.
Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.

Project Overview

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

50’ x 10” insulated prestressed concrete panels
85,438 SF
Temporary shoring system stabilized structure during construction
Helical piles for shoring anchoring

Architectural Details & Finishes

Designed to complement the university’s aesthetics
Cantilevering parapets
Field-laid brick façade
Precast feature medallions, seal, and logo

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"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
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Townes + Architects
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K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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