Ministry through sports for inner city youth is the aim of the Sansom Sports Complex in Knoxville, Tennessee. Located on a 14-acre former industrial site near World’s Fair Park, the the center includes synthetic turf fields, a pavilion-covered turf field, and a field house with a performance-training center. Facilities have been created for basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming and soccer, with soccer as the centerpiece since Knoxville is home to a strong international community of soccer players.
The two buildings on the site are Varco Pruden metal buildings: a 21,600 square foot open-walled pavilion and 5,000 square foot performance training center for concessions, lockers and workout.
- Project: Recreational Center
- Building size: 26,000 sq.ft. (120x180x22) pavilion; and 5,000 sq.ft. building
- Location: Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee
- Architect: Lindsay & Maples Architects
- Varco Pruden Builder: George W. Reagan, Knoxville
- Roofing: Varco Pruden SSR and SLR
- Daylighting: Varco Pruden PrisMAX SL and TRU
- Wall: Brick on the enclosed building
- Special Features: A perforated fabric was used on the non-insulated roof of the pavilion to deflect soccer balls and to prevent condensation.
Varco Pruden helped fulfill years of planning with these two buildings in Knoxville: a large pavilion for a covered soccer field and a top-notch performance training center.