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National Velodrome at Albright College gets local designer, builder

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A rendering of the interior of the National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College. (Spillman Farmer Architects and World Cycling League)
A rendering of the interior of the National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College. (Spillman Farmer Architects and World Cycling League)

Spillman Farmer Architects of Bethlehem and the Burkey Group of Reading have been chosen to design and build the $20 million National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College.

The velodrome would be only the second indoor cycling racing track in the United States. The other is outside Los Angeles.

Designs for the National Velodrome include:

• Full-size restaurant and bar overlooking the track with seating for 150

• Snack bar

• Box seats for corporate partners and season ticket holders

• Fitness center

• Training center

• Team locker rooms

• Retail space

• Storage area for bicycles

• Outdoor plaza

• On-site parking

Dan Harrigan, president of Spillman Farmer, said the firm is designing a contemporary space “with signage and lighting to create branding to attract people and the students of Albright to come to bicycling events, the restaurant and other events such as concerts, banquets and graduations.”

The color scheme uses blues and yellows, which often associated with cycling, Harrigan said.

The building’s multi-use function poses special design challenges.

“Lighting and seating has to accommodate not just racers on the track, but also seating that has to be set up for concerts and banquets. It has to be able to adapt to various uses,” Harrigan said.

Spillman Farmer will design tunnels for people to get to the 200-meter wooden indoor track and infield. The track will be designed by architect Peter Junek of Canada and is permanently installed.

Albright College announced the private, liberal arts school would be the site of the World Cycling League’s velodrome.

The velodrome is considered a coup for the school and the region, which is consolidating its image as a national and international cycling center, although it recently lost the Reading 120, a 120-mile professional bike race.

The velodrome would hold about 12 to 15 cycling meets during the track season, which runs from October to March.

Albright plans to add cycling as a varsity club sport and courses in in sports marketing, event management, video production and communications.

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