The first phase of Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence comprises of 20,000-sq.-ft. of newly renovated, state-of-the-art locker rooms for the FAU Owls football team which include personal nameplates on the lockers, safes for personal belongings featuring charging stations for cell phones and tablets. The space, designed by architectural firm HKS, features locker room graphics designed by Florida Atlantic University's Division of Public Affairs.
The most complex feature of Phase I is the Hydrotherapy room where student-athletes can soak between three pools: one high-temperature pool and a cold-water plunge for the ultimate hydrotherapy experience. The room’s third pool features an underwater treadmill to support players working hard to get back on their game.
Phase II of the Schmidt Family Complex includes renovated bathrooms, equipment storage, physical therapy suite and a player’s lounge with flat screen TVs, a kitchen and conference room which makes FAU’s football program more appealing to potential recruits.? Phase II also houses the College of Business Executive Education Degree programs. A portion of this phase will be built on the ground floor of a parking garage adjacent to FAU’s football stadium and a concourse will connect this space to the stadium. Inside the state-of-the-art building, you will find corporate training rooms, executive-style classrooms and professional group study and meeting areas. The crown jewel of the business wing is the Grand Classroom, a 144-seat, tiered lecture room dedicated to mastering personal, professional and educational goals. Expert panel discussions, inspirational leaders and C-level executives from a variety of businesses and industries will be invited to use the room. Next to the Grand Classroom is the Collaborative Classroom which accommodates 84 students and features flexible sizing capability to accommodate both large and small student groups. Eight 45-seat tiered classrooms are also in the business wing, these are tailored for graduate and executive education training. All classrooms will be furnished with the latest in educational technology, including live streaming and recording capabilities.
The Student Success Center sits in the heart of the complex and offers academic advising, tutoring, counseling and peer mentorship services. Outside the building, is the Outdoor Terrace which features tiered patio seating, a shaded roof and great views of the Game Day Plaza.
Phase II also includes the Sports Performance Center which houses Practice Fields, Locker Rooms and Equipment Rooms. The top-of-the-line gym features strength training equipment with customized Olympic platforms, a grand view of the Practice Fields, a Cardio Room, Trainer Offices and Nutrition Rooms.
DPR self-performed the drywall and specialties scopes of this project.