Reynolds Coliseum

Reynolds Coliseum is one of NC State’s campus buildings certified for high performance and sustainability.


Gross Square Footage: 186,000

LEED Status: LEED Silver

Designer: Corley Redfoot Architects and 360 Architecture

Purpose of Project: Originally opened in 1949, Reynolds is a multi-purpose arena hosting a variety of events, including agricultural expositions and NC State basketball games. It is now home to all services of ROTC and several Wolfpack athletics teams, including women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s gymnastics, and men’s wrestling.


Sustainability Strategy

Reynolds Coliseum is designated as one of nine “Hallowed Spaces” on campus — one of only three buildings or structures with this designation. According to the 2007 NC State Campus Master Plan, “changes affecting these areas need extraordinary care to preserve their special nature and are considered only in consultation with the entire campus community.”

Because of this unique designation and special heritage, no significant additions to the exterior of the building were undertaken. Changes to the surrounding site enhanced and restored the character and functionality of this hallowed space.

  • Alternative Transportation: Reynolds Coliseum is located adjacent to Talley Student Union and the Carmichael Gymnasium recreation complex. The proximity of these facilities makes the street intersection between the buildings a focus of the campus transportation system, which is served by six Wolfline bus routes that connect Reynolds to every part of NC State’s campus.
  • Water Efficient Landscaping and Water Use Reduction: Minimal site work was undertaken on the project. A new landscaping and sculpture enhancement called the “Coaches Corner” was installed at the northwest corner of the building. Existing planting areas were reworked to enhance the appearance of the setting. In all instances, new plantings were comprised of native or adaptive species that require no irrigation. Within the building, existing plumbing fixtures were replaced and new fixtures were provided to comply with LEED water-use reduction criteria.
  • Energy Performance: While Reynolds had previously been only partially air-conditioned, an energy-efficient HVAC system services the entire building except for a portion of the basement.  The chilled water service installed as part of the renovation project was sized so that the remainder of the basement can be upgraded in the future. To aid the HVAC system in achieving energy optimization goals, the exterior renovation of the building included complete replacement of the original single-glazed windows and curtain walls with new double glazed, thermally-improved units.
  • Building Reuse: The project is a renovation, not a new building. Other than window replacement, no significant alterations to the exterior of the building were made. On the interior, the size of the arena was reduced, circulation area was improved and a Grand Hall was created as a new public space on campus. When possible, existing materials and structures were retained to reduce waste.
  • Air Quality: To further increase the comfort and life safety of building users, measures were taken to ensure a healthy interior environment. An Air Quality Management Plan was followed to assure contaminants were kept out of the building during construction and before occupancy by users. In addition, low-emitting materials were used throughout the building.