Sports & Recreation

Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC

Photo: Brad Feinknopf

Michael Marshall Design LLC and ROSSETTI designed the Entertainment and Sports Arena with insulated metal panels (IMPs) that relate to existing brick buildings in their colors, horizontal orientation, layout and shadow reveals.

Don Keppler, AIA, senior architect at Michael Marshall Design, says, “The lightness and precision of the elegant metal panel arrangements provides a strong visual dialogue engaging the solidity and strength of the limestone-colored concrete block walls, which occur at the entire ground level perimeter. Conceptually, the exterior metal panel design of the arena employs a similar approach as that utilized in sports team uniform design, with the more visually intense front and back planes, variegated terra cotta panels, which connect to the surrounding brick structures, joined and separated by more straightforward and subdued side panels, the limestone color panels.”

Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. installed 42,155 square feet of Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.’s 3-inch-thick Optimo IMPs. On the north and south facades, terra cotta-toned panels vary in height, alignment and color. The panels are Redwood, Colonial Red and Audoban Russet.

Additionally, the project utilizes a curtainwall, supplied by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and installed by Innovo Construction LLC, and Moxy Miscellaneous Metals fabricated and installed a variety of other metal wall panels. For the building structure, Bosworth Steel Erectors Inc. installed structural steel supplied by SteelFab Inc.

The 118,000-square-foot Entertainment and Sports Arena has a 4,200-seat, multipurpose events arena. It is the home court for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and training facility for the Mystics and the NBA’s Washington Wizards.