The “big box” shape of this multi-sport venue is derived from its big box contents: a 200 meter indoor track and a 50 meter competition pool. Also neatly packaged into the box are meeting facilities and services to support regional and national sporting events. The CrossPlex is also home to training for local amateur and college swimming and diving teams. The three principal spaces are joined around a multi-level lobby transecting the big box. Both ends of the lobby are expressed on the exterior by colonnades welcoming the visitors to this civic facility. Featured in the lobby are glazed ceramic tile murals depicting the primordial elements of water and fire. A café and concessions line the lobby and create a public forum for civic interaction. Throughout the facility, daylight is captured through a continuous clerestory and filtered through translucent glass. The facility is also LEED Certified. The City also views the facility as a catalyst for the revitalization of Five Points West, home of the historic Alabama State Fair Grounds.