The National Track & Field Hall of Fame and Learning Center is a place for athletes to learn and compete, for families to explore and for visitors to be inspired. The project celebrates the accomplishments of track and field’s elite and encourages people of all ages and abilities to strive toward their goals. The National Track and Field Hall of Fame and Learning Center is located within the Fort Washington Armory in New York City. This historic building, a pillar of the local community, houses one of the nation’s premier indoor running tracks which hosts the largest collegiate and high school invitational events in the world.
SKOLNICK, both the renovation architect and exhibition designer, conceived of the experience being located throughout the three floors of the Armory, culminating on the top floor where the state-of-the-art track is located along with the Hall of Fame. Inside, a sense of speed, lightness and fluidity emanates from within the solid walls of the Armory as a series of exhibition environments help visitors explore the spirit, excitement and challenges of the world’s oldest sport.
The Learning Center serves as a destination for class trips from NYC schools, athletes who train and compete on the track, and as a community education center for local families. It is also a destination and meeting center for members of the USA Track and Field organization.
The National Track & Field Hall of Fame project was able to be realized through the collaborative efforts and funding of a number of state and city agencies including the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the Port Authority of NY and NJ and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.