Fieldhouse Rises from the Rubble
Fieldhouse Addition at Hononegah Community High School
The Addition at Hononegah Community High School is a testament to the strength and resilience of its community. Following the collapse of their sports dome in an ice storm, the residents rallied. A referendum was approved to replace the resource with a 94,000 SF addition.
The addition is a focal point to the public, and the school’s brand is integrated throughout. Visitors arrive through a gated entrance plaza, which is a ticket area for both the stadium and Field House. Inside, the vibrant color scheme and graphics that reinforce school spirit, are tempered by natural finishes such as wood and polished concrete.
One challenge was to maximize program space in the limited footprint occupied by the dome, which many community organizations used for events, craft fairs, business expos, and children’s summer camps. Locals walked the track before and after school hours. When the dome collapsed, these organizations had no other options for their functions in the rural community. The space and flexibility to meet these needs were designed into the project. The lighting, audio/visual systems, scoreboards, LED monitor, and acoustics were designed to support the many sizes and types of functions that will be held in the Field House.
The Field House has a 200-Meter track plus pole vault, long jump, high jump, and shot put. With seating for 2,500 spectators, the Field House will host IHSA basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis events on the competition wood court and three synthetic flooring practice courts. There are two batting cages.
The second floor Fitness Center overlooks the Field House and Outdoor Stadium. In addition to exercise and weight training equipment, it includes a multi-lane, synthetic turf field for strength and agility training. Designed with flexibility in mind, the Multi-Purpose Room expands the fitness area when the overhead doors are open.
DLA provided a video animation for the community to preview the project.
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