A new four-story Sports Performance Center connected to the Bergstrom Football Complex at Iowa State University has recently been completed in Ames, Iowa. The ISU football facility expansion encompasses nearly 20,000 square feet of additional space for locker rooms, team lounges, and other miscellaneous gathering spaces.
Architectural precast has a strong presence throughout the Jack Trice Stadium and surrounding football complex buildings. A vast amount of the north and south endzone renovations incorporated architectural precast panels on the walkways. The two-finish buff-colored panels are showcased in each of the most recent additions and renovations at the north end of Jack Trice Stadium.
To match the rest of the existing facilities around Jack Trice Stadium, precast concrete was chosen as the best fit for the Sports Performance Center project. Because precast concrete has the unique ability to create nearly any color, finish, or texture, its use benefited the overall project immensely. It was essential to match color and finish to the existing, separate structures to provide a cohesive appearance.
Structural precast was utilized as a load-bearing element for the steel trusses. Throughout the entire length of the new building, the large trusses are supported by precast concrete wall panels.
In total, Wells Concrete produced 14,000 square feet of insulated architectural wall panels, 9,000 square feet of solid architectural wall panels (interior around stairs), 8,500 square feet of solid wall panels (elevator shafts), and 300 lineal feet of stick columns for the project.