With a shared vision of increasing year-round access to wellness opportunities in the community and surrounding region, Sanford Heath and the Fargo Parks District have partnered to develop the master plan and schematic design for the Fargo Sports Complex. The 290,631 SF facility is made up of key programmatic areas: turf, courts, ice, Sanford POWER, Fargo Park District central offices, building administration, and multi-purpose. These programmatic spaces are strategically located along a central concourse to provide high visibility into each athletic space. This concourse is the main circulation spine of the facility, allowing for ease of access for athletes, clear wayfinding, and the ability to handle the cross-circulation of hundreds, or potentially thousands, of people utilizing the facility at one time. Bisecting the central concourse is a collection of support spaces. The ‘support core’ is comprised of spaces requiring less visibility, such as restrooms, locker rooms, and various back-of-house spaces. These spaces are positioned in versatile areas to allow for efficient, shared utilization by the adjacent athletic zones. To accommodate future growth, the owner and design team have worked together to plan for future phases that incrementally expand this facility based on the changing needs within the community.
John E. Carlson Coliseum
Fargo, North Dakota