AdventHealth Fieldhouse and Conference Center
Envisioned as “Phase 1” of the Chain of Lakes Park Master Plan that outlines long-term redevelopment of the 69+ acre site owned by the City of Winter Haven, this project included a major renovation of a landmark recreation and cultural arts complex facility and the new design for an iconic expansion. The AdventHealth Fieldhouse and Conference Center (AHFCC) anchors a prime location along U.S. Route 17 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard and distinguishes a primary gateway to the city. It has proven to operate as a major regional destination and catalyst for continued public and private development.
The new 87,000 GSF AHFCC’s design is centered around a new 58,400 square foot multi-use gymnasium space with second-floor observation area suitable for large sports competitions (basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, cheerleading, etc.) and other similar convention related regional events, gatherings and banquets. Facility attributes that will support these functions include smaller team meeting rooms and classrooms for coaches, officials & event organizers, training and locker rooms, laundry, and storage spaces. A double-height entry concourse space provides a central information and control desk as well as connections to a concessions window, a new public fitness/exercise area, new recreational offices, shared restroom facilities, and renovated portions of the existing Complex facility. Additionally, a new vehicle drop-off drive on the west side serves as a complimentary new entry to a new two-story stair and elevator lobby and box office space.
The existing 54,000 GSF facility received strategic architectural and building system upgrades to the structure originally constructed in 1976 that includes a 334-seat community theater, art gallery, municipal recreational program spaces, and aquatics facilities. A new geothermal heat pump system now heats and cools both the building and the pools. The existing small gymnasium space was transformed into a new set construction shop and future black box theater.