In early 2008, Lake Erie College (LEC) commissioned OSports to perform a master plan study for all their athletic facilities. As LEC Athletics prepares to move to the NCAA Division 2 into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC), the college’s goal is to create a more attractive and competitive environment for both students and student-athletes.
The short-term goal of LEC would be to build a multi-purpose field house at or near the campus. The consensus was that the outdoor sports programs and intramurals would benefit greatly from a multi-purpose facility. It was the unanimous “option” by all the teams and coaches, for a variety of reasons.
The Storm Center will house a 100-yard football field made of artificial turf which accommodates soccer and lacrosse fields. Also, three sprint lanes on one side of the field will be used for conditioning purposes. Likewise, a ball netting system will be installed for baseball, softball and intramural activities. The field house will be constructed with a pre-engineered structure with the ability to span long distances over the playing field. Meanwhile, the architecture will be consistent with the adjacent Osborne Athletic and Wellness Center where brick, limestone and glass create an engaging composition and scale for the complex. A locker room building at the main entry was added to supplement the growing need for the new slate of sports added to the Athletic Program, while adding a more human scale to a very large building.