Covelli Multi-Sport Arena

2021 Design Award Winner

Columbus, OH

Structural Engineer
Jezerinac Geers

Moody Nolan, Inc.

Steel Joist Manufacturer
New Millennium Building Systems

Steel Fabricator
Ohio Steel Industries

This project is a new 3,700 seat multi-sport arena for The Ohio State University, built for the volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, and wrestling teams. Twenty five bowstring joists clear span the arena, with a 12′-0″ center depth arching down to just 1′-9″ deep at the supports, and an 8′-4″ top chord cantilever at one end. The bowstring joists provide an architecturally elegant, robust system for the 187 foot spans, and the joist web system was coordinated to allow passage of two six foot diameter air handling ducts.