Okie Blanchard Sports Complex

Designed by Davis Partnership Architects the new stadium at Okie Blanchard Sports Complex features a unique metal panel system. The project functions as both a passive security to prevent access under the bleach stadium, as well as providing a sports theme for the stadium visitors.

The architects used the Zahner-patented perforation system, ImageWall, a webapp perf pattern generator for creating unique perforated designs on metal. Using the ImageWall System, the architects were able to quickly iterate through a number of unique panel designs for the stadium. The designers worked with ImageWall design support to develop their project. The final product is an exterior system for the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex at East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

One of the features of ImageWall which greatly increased the image quality across panels is the project's use of Cross-Seam Perf. This is an innovation Zahner developed through the use of parametric design. Cross-Seam Perf comes standard with most ImageWall applications. 

Most manufacturers of perforated metal don't have a system capable of perforating across the seams, which means that each panel will have a picture-frame around the image. Punching the metal surface on both sides of the panels reveal gives the illusion of a continuous perforation across the metal surface without breaking each panel into picture frames.

Custom privacy screens provide passive security and vibrant aesthetics for the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex.
Custom privacy screens provide passive security and vibrant aesthetics for the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex.

In an effort to make room for a future junior high school on the campus, the sports and athletics program at East High School required re-planning and consolidation. Per master planning recommendations the much beloved original Okie-Blanchard stadium would need to be razed and replaced with a much-needed new facility. AVI, Inc. with Davis Partnership Architects was selected for the project encompassing 26-acres due to the team’s experience in outdoor athletics facilities and skill in incorporating natural topography into its designs. 

Detail of the Okie Blanchard privacy screens.
Detail of the Okie Blanchard privacy screens.
Cross-seam perforation is a standard feature of ImageWall perforated metal.
Cross-seam perforation is a standard feature of ImageWall perforated metal.
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