Folkes Stevens Tennis Center
The Folkes Stevens Tennis Center, located on the campus of Old Dominion University was named the 2010 USTA/Virginia Tennis Facility of the Year on Oct. 23. The $7 million, 74,000 square foot facility was built in 2007 and has eight climate-controlled indoor courts as well as twelve outdoor courts. The USTA South Atlantic Regional was hosted last month at the facility.
This state-of-the-art facility was designed by Rancorn Wildman Architecture and +Hickman Ambrose Inc. Consulting Engineers
and constructed by Pepperdine Corporation. In addition to the tennis center and two elevated mezzanines, is a conference room, offices for the ODU tennis staff, locker rooms and private lounge areas for the Monarchs men's and women's teams plus a separate locker room area for member use. There is wireless computer connectivity and flat screen televisions throughout the facility displaying campus based programs, tennis center events and the Tennis Channel. The facility also has the large matrix Beskin-Carpenter Scoreboard displaying text, pictures, and videos along with Court #1 having a radar gun display for serves.
All courts at Folkes-Stevens have the same hard surface as the #USOpen with the classic blue and green color patterns to match. The front and middle mezzanines serve as a 6,000 square foot spectator viewing space where visitors can enjoy comfortable seating, flat screen TVs, and vending machines.
Some unique features of this building are the use of a clear span technique, which allows for completely unobstructed playing and viewing areas while holding cost within budgetary constraints, and dehumidifying system and a heating and cooling system designed to make 78 degrees feel like the perfect playing temperature in the summer and 68 the optimum setting in the winter. Plus, indirect lighting also replicates and fulfills the requirements for National Tournament level lighting.
Designed and constructed with great attention to detail, this Design/Build project received multiple awards, and has become the gold standard for all future Indoor Tennis Centers, drawing interest from coast to coast. Much gratitude is owed to the $1 million contribution from Grey Folkes and Ricky Stevens. The Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center is also available for use by the collegiate teams, the ODU student body, faculty and staff, and the entirety of Hampton Roads!
Project photo's available at the link below.http://www.pepperdinecorp.com/odutennis.html
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