When Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School in Atherton, California, undertook to build a field house for its football team, the school’s main concern was creating a facility that would fit in with the campus’s impressive architecture and reflect the quality of the school and its athletic programs while remaining within a very tight budget.
The 8,000 square-foot facility is masonry with a metal deck and concrete risers for seating. The first floor has an equipment room, locker rooms, restrooms and offices. The second floor provides storage space, and the third floor contains an enclosed press box and viewing area.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for builders on the project was the sensitive nature of the site. It was built on a K-12 campus while school was in session, and crews had to be careful not to present safety risks or disrupt life at the school. Like many projects, the Sacred Heart field house had a critical completion date, as it needed to be open the first day of the 2007 football season. Atherton town ordinances prohibited construction work in the evenings, on weekends, and before 8 a.m. weekday mornings, so it was very important to adhere to the construction schedule for this project.