The construction of a 40,300 SF indoor equestrian arena for Miami University is phase 2 of the University’s equestrian center master plan, built between the existing outdoor arena and stables. The equestrian center is home to Miami University’s nationally recognized and growing equestrian team. With the growing equestrian program, the University sought to accommodate and elevate their event capabilities and practice time with a new, indoor equestrian arena on the site of their existing equestrian complex. The new indoor arena allows the equestrian program to have competitive and practice events year-round with no adverse impact of weather, allowing the competitive equestrian team to perform at the highest level.
Construction of the indoor arena consisted of a pre-engineered metal building housing the riding area, which is enclosed on all sides by a canted kick wall and features an equestrian footing for the floor. The exterior of the building is constructed of insulated painted metal siding with select facades of brick and stone detailing to remain consistent to Miami’s traditional campus architecture. The interior includes aluminum bleachers capable of seating 200 spectators, separate accessible restroom facilities, WiFi connectivity, and an integrated sound and public address system for use during competitive events. The building also utilizes natural gas radiant heating and mechanical ventilation, as well as skylights and general lighting zoned for efficiency.
Megen led the design+build team for the project, in conjunction with MSA Design. With an overall project duration of 11 months, our design+build team completed design and preconstruction in four months, providing Miami University with a facility that has many aesthetic betterments from the original program, while keeping the project within budget. As the new facility was constructed adjacent to the active equestrian program, our on-site team erected a chain-link fence to protect people and horses walking through the jobsite. When it was noticed that the horses were getting spooked during their trip between the pasture and stables, we applied a vinyl covering to the fence to ensure horses remained calm. Throughout construction, we were able to provide our client with additional aesthetically-pleasing and sustainable solutions for their new facility.
“Our recent work at Miami University has involved the recently completed Women’s Soccer Stadium Renovation and the new Equestrian Arena (under construction to be completed on-time and on budget later this year). Our internal project teams have spoken highly of your project staff and appreciate the honesty insights and willingness they show to “do what it takes” to assure a successful project for the Owner.”