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  • Type New Construction
  • Services Architecture, Interiors
  • Budget $12.3 Million
  • Size 34,000 SF

The Challenge

In the 20 years since its expansion, A. Haigh Cundey Varsity House has proven to be an important tool in bringing the best and brightest to Lehigh University’s fields, courts and classrooms. A 2015 expansion added 10,000 square feet at the Smith Family Performance Center and brought four team rooms/classrooms, retractable bleachers for 120 fans and a 4,500-square-foot exercise room for all Lehigh student-athletes.

Our Approach

This project, an addition and partial renovation of about 20,000 SF, will enhance athletic team and training facilities at Lehigh’s Goodman Campus. The addition will expand locker rooms within the existing building and relocate the existing weight training room. The renovation will provide an indoor batting room for baseball and softball. Teams that previously shared space will now have their own locker room. The football team will no longer be split into two locker rooms and will rather have a united space.

Design Solution

The expansion and renovation of Cundey Varsity House leverages the existing structure while expanding its use and availability to more student-athletes. Capacity of locker rooms for field sports was increased for all teams while adding important new spaces to serve the community, including a new state-of-the-art fitness and conditioning center, three hydrotherapy pools for everyday athlete recovery, and a sports nutrition lounge. The former strength and conditioning room will be converted int0 a hitting and pitching facility. The addition wraps the north face of the existing buildings, creating a dramatic new entrance that puts Lehigh Athletics on display for all who visit the facility, creating a dynamic space for athletes, recruits, and alumni to come together.

This is about giving our athletes the opportunity to develop and become the best they can be. Joseph Sterrett, Murray H. Goodman Dean of Athletics