Architect: Ross Street Design
Owner: John Powless Tennis Center
Contractor: Findorff Special Projects Group
On August 20, 2018, Madison experienced an unprecedented amount of rain, resulting in extensive flooding. This indoor/outdoor tennis facility bore the brunt of the 15” of rain when over 2 feet of water seeped under the doors, trapping people on the second floor. The receding waters revealed extensive damage to the non-court areas.
With an outpouring of community support, it became critical to get the facility back in operation. Recognizing the need to partner with the right contractor, preliminary design was completed within a week so budget pricing could be obtained. Work on the reconstruction began within a month of the flood, while tennis was played around them.
To rebuild the Center on a site where additional flooding was possible required creative design. In addition, the 1970’s building felt like a warehouse and required an update. The new design aesthetic embraces features that had been hidden. The existing concrete floor was polished while the concrete ceiling was exposed and finished with blue, white, and tennis ball green acoustical clouds. A large, multipaned window spanning the front eliminated the warehouse feeling.
In case of future water intrusion, backer board and steel studs were used while the millwork and furniture were designed off the floor. A glass wall at the bank of offices was introduced to provide the internal space with an open feeling. Tennis themed film was applied to the glass, creating privacy where required and openness where desired.
Photos: Project team