Published March 28, 2023
The Game Changer
By Jen Levisen
Louisiana State University wanted to create a place of respite and restoration for their football team, the Tigers, as part of a reimagining of their Football Operations Center. Led by the project’s architectural firm, HNTB, they enlisted furniture manufacturer OFS to craft custom lockers that convert from benches to beds, complete with power, storage, and privacy.
OFS is a family-owned contract furniture manufacturer dedicated to crafting experiences and products that contribute to places where people want to be, and it’s that ethos that made this project a great fit for the company, says David Lubbehusen, Director of Design Solutions for OFS.
“We are proud to be a part of this multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility,” he says.
Where Products + Projects Meet: The Game Changer
Lubbehusen was joined by Sarah Alfaro, Senior Interior Designer at HNTB, and Greg Stringfellow, Assistant Athletic Director at Louisiana State University, for a deep dive into LSU’s Locker Room earlier this spring.
22,145 sq. ft. new area
56,620 sq. ft. renovated area
115,520 sq. ft. total building area
Hall of Fame
Locker Room and Team Lounge
Football Offices and Meeting Rooms
Training Table and Kitchen
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Architect: HNTB Architecture
Photographer: Michael Robinson Photography
Designed in collaboration with RHH Architects, the renovated LSU Football Operations Center has redefined function and purpose – giving the Tigers its position as having one of the top football complexes in the nation. The signature feature of the project is a new state-of-the-art locker room that emphasizes player comfort and recovery, along with an integrated player’s lounge. The new, 6,500 sq. ft. locker room space redefines how a football program thinks about these spaces. Each athlete is provided with a highly functional multi-use locker pod that not only creates a first-class experience for players but also integrates sports science so athletes can rest, refuel and recover in their individual space. Additionally, the negative air pressure system integrated into each upper and lower storage compartment allows for a cleaner and more comfortable space to enjoy during recovery periods.
In addition to the state-of-the-art locker room, upgrades include a new nutritional facility that fosters physical and mental wellness, an expanded weight room that provides direct visual connection to the indoor field house, and sports medicine and hydrotherapy areas for recovery. State-of-the-art technology and rebranding throughout the interior highlight the rich history of LSU’s football program and the unique paths many of its players have taken to the NFL, making the renovated complex a powerful recruiting tool for the Tigers.