Prior to the opening of Campus Crossroads, the Notre Dame stadium was used eight days each year for football home games and commencement. The gates were then locked, and the building was empty. This bold, new facility, consisting of three buildings surrounding the stadium on the south, east, and west, now serves as a center of athletics, academics, and student life. By encompassing the existing stadium with diverse programmatic components, the university has created a vibrant mixed-use facility that will teem with activity at all hours of the day, while, at the same time, improve the gameday experience.
The design team completed a feasibility study that began in the summer of 2013. University leadership, administration, faculty, academics, and student affairs were engaged in determining what programs belonged in the Campus Crossroads project, while ensuring the entities were reflected in the strategic goals of Notre Dame. The design team helped to identify those departments that would make the Campus Crossroads its home through programming, planning, and testing of the various building designs. Duncan Hall integrates the new Student Center, Recreational Sports, Career Services, and a Student Affairs Ballroom organized vertically over seven floors. O’Neill Hall houses the Music and Sacred Music departments. Duncan Student Center and Corbett Family Hall rise three stories above the rim of the stadium bowl and extend the length of each sideline. They provide spectacular venues for gameday through hospitality spaces, indoor and outdoor clubs and suites, as well as facilities for coaches, press, broadcast, and gameday operations.
A primary goal of the project was to integrate the stadium and surroundings into the daily academic experience of the campus. Thoughtful attention to materials and massing was critical to create a seamless connection between the scale of surrounding campus architecture and the size and scale of the stadium.
The S/L/A/M Collaborative; also HOK; Workshop Architects; Champalimaud; Ratio Architects; Structural Design Inc.; Barton Malow; BVH; Ricca Design Studios; MCH; WJHW