Park University Sports Center: Monolithic Domes for an Underground College

Park U at night — Exterior lighting enhances the beauty of the twin Monolithic Domes.

Park U at night — Exterior lighting enhances the beauty of the twin Monolithic Domes. (David A. Collins)

Performance Gym — This Monolithic Dome gymnasium has a 130-foot diameter and can seat 1000 spectators.

Performance Gym — This Monolithic Dome gymnasium has a 130-foot diameter and can seat 1000 spectators. (David A. Collins)

Joggers welcome —  The gym’s upper level has a jogging or walking path along the dome’s perimeter.

Joggers welcome — The gym’s upper level has a jogging or walking path along the dome’s perimeter. (David A. Collins)

Practice Gym — It has two practice courts.

Practice Gym — It has two practice courts. (David A. Collins)

Generous height — Domes are the right height for all types of sports. Lights and basketball goals are secured to the dome’s shell.

Generous height — Domes are the right height for all types of sports. Lights and basketball goals are secured to the dome’s shell. (David A. Collins)

Breckon Sports Center — This two-story, 3289 square-foot office complex, flanked by two gyms, provides convenient access to restrooms, concessions and administrative offices.

Breckon Sports Center — This two-story, 3289 square-foot office complex, flanked by two gyms, provides convenient access to restrooms, concessions and administrative offices. (David A. Collins)

Visual interests — Exterior wall and lighting around the Monolithic Domes adds visual interests and depth. Entire facility encompasses 31,891 square feet.

Visual interests — Exterior wall and lighting around the Monolithic Domes adds visual interests and depth. Entire facility encompasses 31,891 square feet. (David A. Collins)

Telescoping bleachers — For maximum use of space, the Performance Gym is designed with telescoping bleachers.

Telescoping bleachers — For maximum use of space, the Performance Gym is designed with telescoping bleachers. (David A. Collins)

Effective lighting — Light fixtures are anchored to the dome shell. These lights are small, but produce effective lighting reflected on the dome shell.

Effective lighting — Light fixtures are anchored to the dome shell. These lights are small, but produce effective lighting reflected on the dome shell. (David A. Collins)

Scoreboard — In the Performance Gym, the scoreboard hangs suspended from the dome’s center. It can be easily seen by all spectators, players and coaches.

Scoreboard — In the Performance Gym, the scoreboard hangs suspended from the dome’s center. It can be easily seen by all spectators, players and coaches. (David A. Collins)

HVAC and acoustics — Heating and ventilation system in the Practice Gym is painted in the school’s colors. Dome shell has a coating of acoustical material.

HVAC and acoustics — Heating and ventilation system in the Practice Gym is painted in the school’s colors. Dome shell has a coating of acoustical material. (David A. Collins)

Visiting referees — They have an official room in the upper level of the Performance Gym. Large windows provide a great view of the scoreboard and half-time action.

Visiting referees — They have an official room in the upper level of the Performance Gym. Large windows provide a great view of the scoreboard and half-time action. (David A. Collins)

Underground campus — Park University is the world’s most extensive underground campus. Facility’s back half is earth-bermed and provides entrances into other areas.

Underground campus — Park University is the world’s most extensive underground campus. Facility’s back half is earth-bermed and provides entrances into other areas. (David A. Collins)

Unique — Built among bluffs and wooded hills, Park U in Parkville, Missouri overlooks the Missouri River. Campus includes an underground library, learning center, bookstore, computer lab, classrooms, offices and more. Limestone for this underground facility is mined right on site.

Unique — Built among bluffs and wooded hills, Park U in Parkville, Missouri overlooks the Missouri River. Campus includes an underground library, learning center, bookstore, computer lab, classrooms, offices and more. Limestone for this underground facility is mined right on site. (David A. Collins)

Architect’s rendering — Rick Crandall of The Crandall Design Group, Mesa, Arizona designed the Breckon Center.

Architect’s rendering — Rick Crandall of The Crandall Design Group, Mesa, Arizona designed the Breckon Center. (Rick Crandall)

Floor plans — These are Architect Rick Crandall’s interior plans for the Practice Gym and Performance Gym.

Floor plans — These are Architect Rick Crandall’s interior plans for the Practice Gym and Performance Gym. (Rick Crandall)

Hills and trees — Park U in Parkville, Missouri has a beautiful, tree-shaded campus.

Hills and trees — Park U in Parkville, Missouri has a beautiful, tree-shaded campus.

Registration day — It’s a busy time at Park U.

Registration day — It’s a busy time at Park U.