WINCHESTER, Va. — ENR MidAtlantic has just released the winning entries in its annual Best Projects awards competition, and we are pleased to announce that the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics and Events Center at Shenandoah University has been selected as the “Best Sports/Entertainment” project for 2018.
Two panels of industry judges reviewed 82 projects located throughout the region, including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Projects were evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribute to the industry and community, and showcase the highest standards of safety, construction, and design quality.
The Athletics and Events Center at Shenandoah University and other award-winning projects will be featured in detail in ENR MidAtlantic‘s October 22 print edition.
The 77,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility serves the university’s 21 athletics teams, the entire university community, as well as the local and regional communities. The building houses a multipurpose field house designed for varsity competition and practice, with retractable seating for 1,600. Facilities include an NCAA-certified indoor track; basketball and volleyball facilities; sand pit and pole vaulting areas and practice cages for baseball, as well as facilities for softball and golf. Shenandoah University has about 500 student-athletes and 21 sports teams that compete at the D3 level.
General contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. delivered the project a month ahead of schedule. Earl Swensson Associates, a Nashville-based architect, designed the building.
The project received national media attention as it field-tested a construction robot which specialized in brick-laying.
This is the third time in two years that Shockey has won an ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects Award. (Click here to view the full list of Shockey’s Honors & Awards.)