Title page for ETD etd-05162007-144943

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Huber, Jason Matthew
Author's Email Address huberjm@vt.edu
URN etd-05162007-144943
Title Steel in an Architecture of Performance: Indoor Soccer Facility
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, James R. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
  • Daylighting
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Blacksburg
  • Steel
Date of Defense 2007-05-03
Availability unrestricted




This thesis explores the opportunities and limitations of steel construction and connection to the outdoors through a sports facility for the city of Blacksburg, Virginia.

The program being that of an indoor soccer facility allows for the steel to express its ability to span great distances with a very fine and visually delicate structure. Cables express the steel’s strength in tension. The structure is clearly expressed and easily understood by anyone who enters the facility.

The building’s indoor connection to the outdoor environment is achieved through the study and implementation of several strategies that not only enhance the visual and thermal comfort levels of those people in the facility but will also reduce the building’s operating costs. One of the main strategies utilized to achieve this enhanced comfort level is that of natural ventilation. This will contribute to the overall air quality of the interior space and bring a refreshing breeze to the athletes and spectators of the facility. A second important design strategy is the utilization of natural light brought through and interacting with the translucent roof and steel structure.

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