U.S. Naval Academy Wesley Brown Field House
Annapolis, Maryland
U.S. Naval Academy
Wesley Brown Field House
Annapolis, Maryland

Strong. Adaptable. These traits that are so important to those serving in our military, are reflected in the buildings built to serve them. These structures are built with a singular purpose, to serve, and must be built to meet exacting plans and schedules. The result is a space respectful of the history and service of its surroundings that fits the needs of those who serve.

The field house is located at the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay adjacent to the historic Beaux-Arts buildings on the campus. The most distinctive feature of the field house is the full-height window wall along the north face of the main hall that provides views of the fleet of sailboats docked on the wharf just 50 feet from the building that will forever brand this facility to the Naval Academy.


The Vision and The Design

This 143,000 sf multi-use indoor sports facility was designed to fit within the context of the 165-year old Beaux-Arts campus in Annapolis, Maryland, originally designed by Ernest Flagg. The scale, proportion, materials and overall design of the building were carefully scrutinized to ensure a contextual, modern design that respected the existing historic campus, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, while recognizing the building as a 21st century addition to the Yard. Located on a waterfront site, the design features a 40-foot high window wall along the north façade with great views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Naval Academy’s sailing fleet.

Wesley Brown Field House was awarded the 2009 Commander’s Award for Design Excellence by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington.


“You have skillfully managed logistical challenges and responded to all the Navy’s needs, which provide for a superior and sustainable facility.”
|  Daniel P. King, CAPT, CEC, USN, Department of the Navy   |
“The design-build team for the Wesley Brown Field House at the Naval Academy demonstrates exceptional focus and commitment in successfully executing this project on time and within budget. This team set the standard on how well a design-build team can quickly adapt to keep an important project on schedule. They have skillfully managed logistical challenges and responded to all of the Navy's needs in making various structural, architectural, and mechanical modifications, which provide for a superior and sustainable facility.”
|  Daniel P. King, CAPT, CEC, USN, Department of the Navy   |