The Ideal Free Span Multipurpose Building for a College Campus

    January 17, 2024 | Sports & Recreation Buildings

    For colleges large and small, athletics are a vital part of campus life. But beyond sports and recreation, there are so many other activities that require large, unfettered space and/or smaller, more intimate areas for everything from convocations and concerts to student-life activities, faculty gatherings, and alumni dinners. A free span building is the ideal choice because you can design a multipurpose facility that makes the most efficient use of space and your budget.

    Adding tension fabric to long span construction gives you a winning investment in your school’s future.

    Fully customized, of course. Not only to meet your physical specs and usage requirements, but incorporating your school colors, mascot, and logo to create the ultimate in showcasing your unique identity and school spirit. This isn’t just another facility, it is a central feature of your campus and college lifestyle.

    Just look at what Legacy tension fabric free span buildings have done for these colleges. As you read and watch, consider what a Legacy long span building could do to boost and support a multitude of activities on your own campus.

    Bethany Lutheran College Student Activity Center

    Over the years, Bethany Lutheran College has grown to become a four-year institution, increasing athletics to include cross-country, track and field, softball, baseball, and soccer.

    As Bethany President Gene Pfeifer so aptly put it, “You know, we live in Minnesota, so we need indoor space for student activity from November through, well, unfortunately, April.”

    Completed this past May, the Student Activity Center culminates a years-long, multi-phase plan to replace aging buildings and expand the school’s ability to serve students and faculty but also to serve local organizations, making the building a community-wide indoor asset.


    Among other features, the 68,000-square-foot field house includes a track with a turf infield, and other parts of the 83,000-square-foot building house a fitness center, a comfortably furnished student lounge, and space for dinners and special events that can accommodate up to 100 guests. You can see their project’s vital statistics here.

    Could a Tension Fabric Free Span Building Be Your Solution?

    We know you have lots of questions, so let’s talk about the Betty Kohn Fieldhouse at Martin Luther College. It, too, is a Legacy building. Watch and listen as Randy Cox, the school’s Assistant Athletic Director, and Shannon Humbert, one of Legacy’s building experts, describe the vision, the challenges, and the ultimate design, construction, and usage advantages they achieved in this beautiful, 36,000-square-foot facility.

    Make It a Team Effort

    What if you don’t have the budget or space on campus to create the facility you’d love to have? A college in Nebraska teamed up with their town to build this 27,540-square-foot aquatic center that everyone could enjoy.

    Start Planning Your Grand Opening Now!

    Maybe most exciting of all, construction typically takes much less time than a traditional building, enabling you and your students and alumni to start enjoying your new facility sooner. Whatever your motivation, a free span building is an excellent addition to any college campus. Bring your facilities vision to life by contacting a Legacy team member today.


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