Client Wayne State College

Adding Sports Science Education Through Design

Wayne, Nebraska

LEO A DALY, working with SportsPLAN Studio, provided planning and full A/E design services for two-part, $4 million renovation project that included academic and athletic programs.

The two-part project involved both renovating the existing lower level of the Rice Auditorium Building to serve as the new home for the Health, Human Performance, and Sport Sciences (HHPS) Department, and renovating the stadium building to provide new locker rooms, strength training room, and coaches' offices.  The renovation of these buildings improves the functioning of academic programs and the athletic department.

Renovating the lower level of Rice Auditorium allows the Health, Human Performance, and Sport Sciences (HHPS) Department to consolidate into an efficiently organized single space. The 20,000-SF renovation allows for a faculty office suite, including space for the department chairperson and administrative support. Instructional classrooms and lab spaces, used for both instruction and research, are designed to accommodate a variety of specialized equipment and storage needs.

The renovation of the 1930s-era art-deco style football stadium, includes main level renovations to support a new, state-of-the-art strength training facility and new locker rooms to support varsity football and women's soccer.  A suspended mezzanine level provides new office space for football coaches and staff. The design process included review by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) and the Nebraska State College Board of Trustees.

At a glance

20,000 SF


Renovation of stadium lower level to provide classroom and lab spaces

Renovation of stadium main level to provide new locker room, office, and training spaces



Full Architectural and Engineering Services

"The new facility was worth the wait.  Stepping into the building feels like a Division I environment."