Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The L.R. Kimball/Ellerbe Becket Joint Venture team designed the new Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The collaboration brought together highly regarded L.R. Kimball of Pennsylvania, specialists in higher education athletic facilities, and renowned sports and public assembly designer Ellerbe Becket.
The convention and athletic complex is a one-of-a-kind facility that maximizes the benefits of the University and community by combining the latest in technology-related training and development, a 5000-seat convention center for major events, a conference center, a 650-seat auditorium, and a wide variety of athletic and academic functions. This facility enhances the recreational, learning, and technology support needs of the region while creating a positive economic impact for the community. The new convention and athletic complex is located on Wayne Avenue and creates a new gateway to the campus and the community at the intersection of Hospital Road and Wayne Avenue. The new convention and athletic complex was planned as part of the campus development as an extension of Pratt Drive near the Eberly College of Business. The prominent location enhances the opportunity to create a signature 21st century facility representing the region as a progressive environment.
The convention and athletic complex accommodates a wide variety of events including commencements, concerts, family shows, and sporting events. The seating geometry was designed around optimal sightlines for basketball and offers an intimate setting and superior view of all event types. A single public concourse provides access to fan amenities and spectator seating while a separate private corridor provides access to the event floor level.
The Technology Training and Conference Center is located adjacent to the convention and athletic complex with a distinct entrance. The design allows the opportunity to isolate the academic and conference spaces from the convention and athletic complex offering the option to hold separate events simultaneously. The technology training and conference center and the convention and athletic complex were designed with acoustic separation between the two areas.
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