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Special Olympics of Michigan | Grand Rapids Unified Sports and Inclusion Center

Special Olympics of Michigan | Grand Rapids Unified Sports and Inclusion Center

The team of Fishbeck and Mathison|Mathison Architects (MMA) converted the former Grand Rapids South Christian High School into a Unified Sports & Inclusion Center. The facility houses a mixture of athletic and educational facilities, and offices for SOMI as well as other tenants serving a similar client base. This is considered a project of an international scale for SOMI, as it is the largest Special Olympics facility in the world, and a model for inclusion and partnership. 

The goal was to re-purpose the building/site of the former high school using concepts of inclusion, universal design, sustainability, flexible use, energy-efficiency, and multi-disciplined programming for all users. Fishbeck/MMA performed architectural/engineering services for the redesign and construction providing comprehensive master planning, existing building and site condition analysis, and programming/schematic design for the phased usage of the building and grounds. Catalyst Partners provided energy performance solutions for overall life-cycle cost/return on investment benefits and energy efficient design strategies for the project. Components of the project envisioned, assessed, evaluated, discussed, priced, and prioritized included:

  • Athletic facilities
  • Education classrooms
  • Assembly spaces/performance auditorium
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy performance
  • Security
  • Office/administration
  • Expanded/reconfigured parking area and site circulation
  • Reconfigured and upgraded athletic field
  • Running/walking/biking track
  • Sustainable and universal design features