The new North Port location in Sarasota County gives the team a 30-year lease on a purpose-built facility that mimics its home at Georgia’s SunTrust Park.
Built on 80 acres of previously vacant land, the new complex was designed by Fawley Bryant Architects (FBA) to create a state-of-the-art, comfortable and fun environment for players, fans and year-round events.
The $140 million complex, named CoolToday Park, centers around a 6,200-seat stadium and a three-story, 55,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse with an athletic training facility and executive offices.
In addition to Spring Training, the complex is envisioned to become the heart of a planned “town center” commercial and residential district with year-round events including concerts and farmers’ markets and extended spring training for minor league teams,Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League.
FBA selected Rockfon’s ceiling systems to meet the desired appearance of a contemporary training facility, the performance requirements of a hot and humid climate, and the high-traffic use of a sports and entertainment venue. According to FBA’s studio leader and project manager, Kirk Bauer, Rockfon provided ceilings for every building on the complex.
Rockfon’s architectural sales manager, Amy Neumann, iida, rid, Allied aia, csi, said, “Much of the complex is open to Florida’s weather, so the ceilings had to be resistant to prevalent moisture and to prevent sagging, mold and mildew. It also needed to work within the limited budget to present a high-class appearance with minimal maintenance.”
The updated locker room uses Rockfon Artic acoustic, stone wool, 2-ft. × 2-ft. panels in a square tegular narrow edge coupled with a Chicago Metallic 4500 Ultraline 9/16-in. ceiling suspension system. Not only does this showcase an attractive reveal profile and clean, streamlined look, its smooth white surface also reflects 85% of light. Rockfon Infinity Perimeter Trim delivers the neat, professional edge.
Inset within the locker room’s stone wool panels are Rockfon Planostile Snap-in metal ceiling panels finished in Satin Silver to accentuate their modern aesthetic and complement the team colors.