The University of Houston baseball program has a rich history, with three conference titles in the last six seasons. Now, the Cougars have a clubhouse worthy of their prowess, a new 20,645-square-foot facility, complete with a locker room, training room,
batting cages, players’ lounge, video area, observation deck and kitchen … all right next to the Cougars’ field.
Insulated metal panels from Metl-Span cover the walls of the new Baseball Player Development Center and Clubhouse, providing an energy efficient shell for all seasons.
“From the initial programming and planning phases, it was clear the new facility would need to be very close to the existing field and in direct line of foul balls in left field,” says Eric Hudson, AIA, Principal at Method Architecture of
Houston. “The building had to be beautiful, functional and integrate seamlessly into the landscape of the University of Houston’s main campus. The buildings on campus project stability and longevity by utilizing durable materials, modern
lines and mostly neutral colors. Of course, there is always the signature splash of ‘UH’ red added in, promoting proper branding and continuity!”
The Method Architecture design team spent hours on site, studying views from the exiting stands as well as the future building. “In order to maximize the experience, we needed to slice the facility along the viewing angle of the stands,” Hudson
says. “This would allow visitors sitting on the left-field line a view to left field unobstructed as well as give the view from the second-floor alumni lounge a more direct line of sight to home plate. A large roof overhang provides protection
from the blinding sun and foul balls hit high in the direction of the new facility. Once the building design took shape, we began looking at the second level of protection: impact resistant exterior materials and glass.”
“To blend with other buildings on campus, most of the exterior consists of a light color, split face concrete masonry unit (CMU), which is a very durable product. Other areas needed to be just as durable, however, we felt a secondary material would
complement the CMU and accent areas such as the main entrance, alumni viewing areas and curved roof line. To do this, we utilized insulated metal panels (IMPs) which provided several advantages for this facility including meeting energy code requirements
and providing a variety of color and texture options that would hide areas impacted by foul balls. After reviewing several options, our team selected a heavy-textured finish and neutral color that would minimize damage and maintain a finished look.”
FSR Services installed Metl-Span’s CF Tuff-Cast insulated metal panels. The 22-gauge exterior panel is Light Gray with a Tuff-Cast finish, offering the look of finished concrete. The exterior surface of the panel is a hard-aggregated fiber-reinforced
polymer coating created with the factory-applied Tuff Cote® finish system. Tuff Cote® finish offers an extremely durable, impact and abrasion-resistant coating that withstands severe weather conditions. The
26-gauge interior panel is Igloo White with a clean Light Mesa finish.
“This was our first experience installing Metl-Span insulated metal panels,” says Mauricio Robles, project manager for FSR Services. “We didn’t have much room to work because the clubhouse is very close to the field. Our crew did
a great job. The panels go together like a puzzle, so if you keep everything organized, it’s a smooth installation.”
“When we got there, we were onsite for about four weeks and it all went well. I think everyone is happy with the way it turned out.”
Insulated metal panels offer many benefits to the project, including speed of installation compared to a multi-part wall system, a higher R-value, all with an attractive appearance.
The new development center and clubhouse is designed to provide the student-athletes with a comfortable work environment that features all the necessary amenities to enhance the success of the Cougars on and off the field.