Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Case Study Details
Case Study Name
Frameless Glass Walls
The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, located in Sports Authority Field at Mile High, is a wonderful example of ingenious collaborative design and community involvement. Designed by graduate students at the University of Colorado-Denver School of Architecture, the facility needed a way to easily modify the museum with rotating exhibits.
Each year, Colorado’s finest athletes, coaches and sports industry leaders are inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. From world-famous to little-known athletes in sports ranging from football to track and field or fencing, these individuals have demonstrated outstanding achievements in athletics. With new inductees added each year, the museum’s exhibits are constantly evolving to incorporate new honorees into the space.
The museum incorporated a customized Hufcor operable partitioning system that is used for exhibit displays. In the museum’s “Hall of Legends”, an overhead tracking system has a grid design, so individual Hufcor operable partitions can be rearranged to create new exhibits. Additionally, a long transfer track that runs parallel to the permanent wall, allows new panels and exhibits to be moved into place without disturbing other setups.
The Hufcor operable partitions have medium density fiberboard faces that museum staff can simply attach new exhibit artwork to. The bottom of each partition panel has a retractable seal that helps to stabilize the panels once in place without the need for floor bolts. This design modification eliminates the common tripping hazards associated with floor tracks and floor pin receptors.
In addition to the moveable partitions, the design team installed two movable glass walls to enclose a sports court display area. The folding glass doors stack easily and neatly away into a stacking area allowing museum staff to have full access to the enclosed space when updating the display.
The use of Hufcor’s individual operable wall panels on an overhead track allows the museum to effectively create flexible exhibits and control traffic flow. The system makes it possible for the museum to both set up different configurations of the same material and apply new materials onto the panels to create ever-changing, fresh content for visitors of the facility.