The University of Minnesota has picked PCL Construction Services and DLR Group to design and construct the new University of Minnesota Track and Field Stadium.
PCL/DLR will begin work on the Stadium in Minneapolis immediately and will ultimately be responsible for all facets of taking the facility from the drawing board to reality.
Current plans call for the facility to open in September 2018.
The PCL/DLR team has experience as the University’s design/build partner with its work on the new Siebert Field baseball park, which will be the next-door neighbour of the new track.
PCL/DLR delivered that project on time and on budget against some of the same challenges that will face the new track, particularly a tight worksite and an ambitious construction timeline.
The new Stadium will feature a nine-lane track, full field event and steeplechase hosting capabilities, and a design to allow sprints and certain field events to be held in multiple directions to take advantage of wind conditions on competition days.
Permanent and event-based seating will offer enough room for spectators to satisfy the hosting requirements for Big Ten and NCAA competition, the Minnesota state high school meet, and USA Track and Field’s marquee events.
Athletics Director Mark Coyle said:
The construction of a competition-level outdoor track and field stadium is one of our top priorities for the athletics department. We appreciate all the organisations that took the time to participate in the selection process and we are excited to get to work with PCL and DLR to provide a first-class facility for every student that proudly wears Minnesota on their chest and competes for our track and field programmes.
In addition to the team’s experience with Siebert Field, PCL/DLR works with expert track consultants, particularly Don Paige. Paige, one of the most respected track designers in the US, will work closely with PCL/DLR on this facility. His resume includes work on more than 350 track and field facilities around the country.
The Stadium’s funding was approved by the University’s Board of Regents in October, as well as its location in the heart of the new Athletes Village area, steps from core student-athlete development facilities.
The University has not been able to host outdoor track and field competitions for nearly 15 years. The previous track and field facility had been unfit to host competitions due to the shifting and uneven surface of the track, a recurring issue caused by unstable soil beneath the old facility.
This new facility will change that, providing a new, everyday home for the more than 150 Gopher student-athletes who compete for the Gopher men’s and women’s programs, as well as a centerpiece facility for the state’s track and field community.
The project will cost the athletics department approximately US$19 million. The athletics department plans to generate this funding through private contributions.
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