Okie Blanchard Sports Complex

Designed by Davis Partnership Architects, the new stadium at Okie Blanchard Sports Complex features a unique metal panel system made by Zahner. The architects used the Zahner-patented ImageWall to generate and detail custom image-perf which form custom imagery of football motifs. 

The custom system required a number of changes to the base ImageWall system, so the designers worked with ImageWall design team to develop their project. Using the ImageWall System, the architects were able to quickly iterate through a number of unique panel designs for the stadium. 

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.

Additional Features of the Okie Blanchard System

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.

The custom screen walls function as both passive security measures serving to prevent access under the bleachers while also providing a sports theme for stadium visitors.

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.

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. 

Image output for the perforated metal used by ImageWall.
Image output for the perforated metal used by ImageWall.