Perkins Eastman | United States Tennis Association

United States Tennis Association

Flushing, New York
The recently renamed Billy Jean King USTA National Tennis Center is the host of the US Open and the world’s largest public tennis facility. The center, open to the public year round, draws thousands of visitors annually through its many programs and events. Built in the 1970s, the tennis center is an aggregation of standard and pre-engineered buildings.

A new 230,000 sf indoor tennis venue replaces an existing pre-fabricated building providing enhancements and additions over the previous structure. The location of the new venue makes it the first major building seen upon entering the National Tennis Center from the Corona Park entrance. The new structure addresses the expansion of various functions and provides additional features-most significantly The National Tennis Hall of Fame. A glass façade reveals a welcoming two-story lobby with views of the museum.

The ground floor of the facility houses nine tennis courts, including two reserved for US Open participants. Three upper-level tennis courts are adjacent to a 20,000 sf terrace. Locker rooms, physical therapy and fitness center, conferencing facilities, a large commissary, and administrative offices comprise the remainder of the building.

Additionally, affiliate RGR Landscape was selected by the USTA to provide landscape services for the campus expansion in Flushing Meadows. The goal of this long-term plan was to accommodate up to 50,000 daily visitors. RGR’s redesign of the campus helped improve the overall visitor experience by reworking pedestrian circulation and introducing several seating, dining, viewing, and planted areas, all executed in a coherent architectural language. An emphasis on sustainability also helped guide all of the firm’s decisions regarding stormwater management, paving, lighting, and planting design.