Calvin College Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex


Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex

The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex is a multi-use, multi-purpose facility designed for both daily activity centers where students and staff can develop and practice healthy habits, in addition to premier Division III performance venues. Adding a 5,000 seat arena, Olympic size pool, two weight and fitness centers, and tennis and track facility, while renovating the former PE building into a new state of the art academic suite with campus health services, dance studio, and human performance lab proved challenging on a compact site. Fulfilling a desire to create a campus social node, while respecting an existing woodlot, the design solution grew out of creating dialogues between interior and exterior, public and recreation spaces and juxtaposing the beauty of human movement with the celebration of nature. Large public spaces, intended for daily student gathering and learning, mingle with recreational activities, like a 40’ climbing wall, to connect the larger activity spaces. These surround a core of departmental offices, continually reinforcing the synergy between public, academic and recreational space. Warm earth tones, cued from campus brick found on every building, create a rich soothing environment of brick, ceramic tile, wood, and colored concrete block, for a highly durable, sustainable and low maintenance environment.


  • 362,000 SF

Van Noord Arena

Van Noord Arena is a 5,000-seat basketball and volleyball performance venue with a groundbreaking state of the art wood floor system. On a daily basis this space is transformed into team practice courts or assigned for academic use with the relocation of two 1,000 seat, moveable, reverse folding grandstands. 3,500 seats can be retracted to reveal four full size basketball courts. This allows men, women, varsity and junior varsity teams to all practice concurrently, allowing for more use and better flexibility of scheduling. Full concert lighting, rigging and a portable stage allow for 6,000 seat concert performances. This arena is now also home to the yearly graduation and convocation ceremonies. Even the concessions stands are utilized as juice bars and snack shops during regular building hours. Additional features include two 12’x26’ projection screens, 4-sided arena style central scoreboard, hospitality suite, service kitchen, ten locker rooms and Spirit Store.

Two new weights and fitness rooms, located off the lobbies, allow for one dedicated public use center and one weight room dedicated solely for academic and athletic use. The Fitness Center dedicated to the general student body, faculty and staff is 10,000 square feet, which is six times the size of the old original shared weight room.


  • 175,000 SF

Seating Capacity

  • 5,000 Seats

Venema Aquatic Center

The Olympic size 50-meter pool features a moveable bulkhead for a variety of distance arrangements and can divide the racing lanes from diving wells. A unique feature is placement of a four-foot depth in the center of the pool. This allows for an area of instruction without compromising NCAA regulations for competition entry depth at the starting blocks.


  • 40,000 SF

Seating Capacity

  • 500 Seat


  • 850,000 gallons
  • four diving boards

Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center

The existing 70,000 SF building was completely remodeled into an academic facility renamed the Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center. This includes a smaller recreational gymnasium with three full-size basketball courts dedicated to academic and student use. It also contains a new state of the art academic suite, a new campus health services clinic, racquetball court, two dance studios, and full human performance lab along with five classrooms.


  • 6,000 SF

Huizenga Track and Tennis Center

The Huizenga Tennis and Track center is 65,000 square feet of open space. The flooring is a synthetic poured surface specifically tuned for multi-sport activity allowing for tennis, track, baseball, softball and volleyball to be played on a single surface. A 200-meter track and the four tennis courts can be separated by divider curtains to allow for simultaneous use. Additional features include two pole vault pits and two long jump pits..


  • 65,000 SF



Learning by Design - Outstanding Project, 2010


Completed in 2009