PORTLAND, Ore. - The brand new Lewis & Clark tennis facility was fully inflated on Friday, Dec. 9. The hour long inflation process began around 1:30 p.m., covering all four existing tennis courts. The tennis dome has a translucent skylight, light grey exterior architectural fabric and the most energy efficient inflation/HVAC dome equipment in the industry.
Prior to the inflation of the dome, a new hurricane resistant foundation was laid. The college also constructed new stairs leading from the tennis dome up to the Pamplin Sports Center. The stairs matched the design of the other stair cases located throughout the campus. As part of the stair project the hill in between the Pamplin Sports Center and dome was cleared and was reseeded with native grasses and wildflowers.
The next phase of the dome construction includes the resurfacing of all four courts, as well as the reinstallation of the interior lights. A black fence will be placed around the exterior of the dome. Future plans include the addition of restrooms, storage and coaching staff offices.
Lewis & Clark has chosen Arizon Structures as the dome manufacturer. Arizon leads the industry manufacturing domes universities and country clubs through North America.
The tennis dome is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2012.