The AdventHealth Fieldhouse and Conference Center at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida

The AdventHealth Fieldhouse and Conference Center at Chain of Lakes Park, Winter Haven, Florida


The City of Winter Haven recently announced it received the “Build-It” Award from the Heart of Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association for the recently-constructed AdventHealth Fieldhouse at Chain of Lakes Park. This award is attributed to the facility’s cutting-edge innovation – providing for the needs of the local community while also serving as an economic driver. The “Build-It” Award is the second honor bestowed upon the Fieldhouse since its grand opening ceremony in January. Earlier this year, it was named “Project of the Year” by the Florida Engineering Society Ridge Chapter.


When good projects are recognized and awarded by professional organizations, we know we have really hit the mark of excellence.


“It is quite exciting to receive yet another award for significant quality enhancements in the Winter Haven community. The AdventHealth Fieldhouse is already an iconic landmark and destination for local families and athletes from around the world,” said Assistant City Manager T. Michael Stavres, who also served as the project manager. “When good projects are recognized and awarded by professional organizations, we know we have really hit the mark of excellence. The Fieldhouse serves as an additional opportunity to enrich the lifestyle of citizens, and we are proud of this accomplishment.”



The AdventHealth Fieldhouse at Chain of Lakes Park includes a comprehensive redesign of a 69+ acre site owned by the City. In December of 2017, the City engaged a team consisting of Straughn Trout Architects, Rodda Construction, and Whitehead Construction to begin the renovation of the landmark Chain O’ Lakes Complex facility. The notable expansion, now known as the AdventHealth Fieldhouse at Chain of Lakes Park, broke ground in October 2018. With a prime location along U.S. Route 17 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard, it distinguishes a primary gateway to the city – serving as a major regional destination and a catalyst for continued public and private development. The Fieldhouse design is centered around a multi-use gymnasium, a 360-degree second-floor observation area and track, meeting areas, locker rooms, a double-height entry concourse, concession space, public fitness area, and renovated portions of the existing Complex facility. The new construction added just over 86,000 square feet to the existing 56,000 square foot original building. The west side vehicle drop-off drive to enter Theatre Winter Haven is a dramatic enhancement, with a new connection corridor, box office space, and a two-story elevator lobby to improve accessibility for Theatre patrons. The Lakeland Magic will also use the Fieldhouse as their primary training facility.

“In publicly funded projects like this, the design is carefully crafted through a ‘form follows function’ approach,” said Tim Hoeft, Managing Principal of Straughn Trout Architects and Project Architect. “In our opinion, the total facility (renovated existing building and newly constructed addition) now presents a strong holistic and unified aesthetic that is both complimentary and timeless.”




The AdventHealth Fieldhouse at Chain of Lakes Park is located at 210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard and is now open to the public at limited capacity. To learn about facility rentals or general availability, please call (863) 268-6733 or visit:

FIRM OF THE YEAR – AIA Tampa Bay 2012

TAMPA, FL –The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized Lakeland-based Straughn Trout Architects, LLC as the 2012 Firm of the Year. The announcement was part of the Chapter’s Honor and Design Awards held on November 1st at the Tampa Museum of Art.

More than 200 members of the design and construction community were present enjoying great food, incredible views of Downtown Tampa and music compliments of “Rock the Park” in the adjacent Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Larry Wilder, AIA, chapter president, was the master of ceremonies for the event that also recognized City of Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn for his work improving the built environment of Tampa. For a full list of all individual, team and project awards, contact Jessica Smith Skinner at the AIA Tampa Office, (813) 229-3411 or

Straughn Trout Architects (STA) was recognized for their consistent leadership, vision, and ability, advancing the profession through community services and support of the AIA. For fifty-six years, STA has been an enhancer of the architectural community, speaking out to all concerning the profession and its contributions to those who experience it.

Through their design and implementation of works of architecture and as well as their professional leadership, STA has enhanced the quality of the built environment in their local community as well as across the state. With a portfolio that spans over a half-century, works include a range from contemporary architecture to restoration of historically significant structures. The firm has been recognized for attention to detail as well as clarity in design.

The firm’s notable projects include two campuses and twelve buildings for Polk State College including the new Chain of Lakes Building on the Winter Haven Campus. This project is the first educational building of its kind in Polk County. It has received LEED for Schools GOLD certification from the US Green Building Council and was recently recognized by the Polk County Board of Commissioners with a “Livable Polk” award for its contribution to sustainable development. Straughn Trout Architects also played a key role in creating a partnership between the school and the Green Education Foundation that provides green building curriculum.

The South Lakeland branch of Magnify Credit Union is another signature project of the firm. This building has received local, regional, and national recognition for its Zero Energy Building design as one of less than two dozen in the country and the first in Florida. Other notable works include the McKay Archives Center at Florida Southern College, the Polk Museum of Art, the Lakeland Public Library, George Jenkins High School and Family Worship Center (Lakeland).

The firm has demonstrated strong stewardship and mentoring abilities, shepherding the profession’s direction and future professionals. Corporate citizenship is an integral component of the firm’s identity. As a business operating in the Lakeland and Greater Central Florida community, they embrace the social responsibility and expectations that are expected of them. Firm members’ community involvement has included the Polk Museum of Art, the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland Friends of the Library, Citrus Center Kiwanis Club, Lakeland South Rotary Club, Polk State College Foundation, Florida Southern College Spivey Society, Polk County Code Enforcement Board, Auburndale High School’s Architecture & Engineering Academy Advisory Board, just to name a few.