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Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA, is bringing home its long-term initiative for an upgraded Kessler Field after the local Zoning Board voted for approval. The likely start of the $15 million project will be at the end of the 2016 football season, completing  in time for the 2017 season-opener against Lafayette.

Monmouth said in a statement that 70 percent of the private funds raised for the $15 million project have been secured. The University is seeking the remaining funds and other necessary approvals and building permits before embarking on construction of new bowl with 4,200 seats (capacity up from 3,100).

Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown said.

Beyond the obvious benefit to our current and future student-athletes, the Monmouth Stadium will offer an enhanced fan experience for alumni and friends in the community, as well as a boost to the local economy that will come along with the opportunities to host regional and national competitions, in addition to league play.

Marilyn McNeil, Vice president and Director of Sthletics, said:

Our student-athletes have enjoyed continued success and national recognition. The Monmouth Stadium will be a showcase for that success and a training ground for what we hope to accomplish in the future.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium’s west side expansion complete for opening day

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Phase II of the Bill Snyder Stadium Master Plan on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kansas was completed ahead of schedule, a full week before the defending Big 12 Champion Wildcats took on two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State, before a Fox Sports One National television audience on 30 August in the first game of the season.

K-State’s Athletics Director, John Currie said:

We’ve sold a record number of season tickets. We’ll have the most fans ever to come to the stadium this season, about 400,000, and set the all-time attendance record. We appreciate our partners Mortenson and GE Johnson and the great job they’ve done for our fans.

Mortenson Construction and joint-venture partner GE Johnson Construction were responsible for this largest project in K-State Athletics history, designed to greatly improve the game-day experience for Kansas State University fans with new amenities, concessions, ADA seating, restrooms, premium seating, improved media and broadcast facilities, a Hall of Fame, plaza improvements, and an enhanced tailgating experience. New field lighting levels meet Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Games and high-definition TV broadcast requirements.

Derek Cunz, Vice President at Mortenson Construction, said:

The Mortenson GE Johnson team put an impressive amount of work in place in an aggressive eight-month time frame. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the seamless collaboration between the design team, construction team, trade partners, University facilities and University athletics.

Cunz also identified some other factors that contributed to the fast-track project:

Selection of Mortenson | GE Johnson as the single CM for the entire project, including FF&E, food service, signage, and furniture.

Early involvement between planning and design.

Focus on interim milestones.

Integration of Virtual Design and Construction into the daily planning.

Prefabrication of many exterior elements, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical.

Mortenson | GE Johnson self-performed the concrete and site work to manage the schedule, safety, and quality from the beginning of the project.


  • Project Statistics
  • 218,000 square feet of new construction
  • 12,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 78,000 square feet of stone veneer
  • 390 peak workers on site every day during construction
  • 750,000+ craftworker hours worked
  • 1,250 tons of rebar
  • 479 days to build Kansas State’s Northwest Gateway
  • 2,500 tons of structural and misc steel
  • 44 new private suites
  • 37 new loge boxes
  • 713 new club seats
  • 56 bid packages / trade partners


Other team members included: AECOM / HEERY, Henderson Engineers, Olsson Associates, Bigelow Consulting, LeJeune Steel, Torgeson Electric, Central Mechanical, Bamford Fire Protection, Midwest Drywall, Gallegos Stone, Performance Masonry, Griffith Lumber, and Manko Windows.

Commonwealth Stadium upgrade at UK gets build team

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The University of Kentucky has chosen to work with Ross Tarrant Architects and HNTB for the design of the $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and other football facilities. Skanska USA Building Inc. and the Congleton-Hacker Company will be the construction managers. Completion is set for September 2015.

The renovation proposal includes team facilities, press box, upscale seating areas and more accessible seating. The team intends to improve the overall functionality and aesthetics of both Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Center to heighten the fan experience and to attract future students and athletes to the University of Kentucky.

The project will be completed in two phases (proposal stage).

Phase I (Sept. 2013-Dec. 2014):

  • New team retail store
  • Renovation and expansion of the Wildcat Den (home to football press conferences)
  • Demolition of nine rows of the existing upper deck to clear the way for new press and suite levels (putting the press box on top of the stadium)
  • 28 loge boxes
  • 374 new 21-inch chair back club seats
  • Renovated President’s room and team locker rooms
  • Multi-purpose recruiting room adjacent to the Nutter Field House.

Phase 2 (Jan. 2015-Aug. 2015)

  • Two new student end-zone viewing decks (demolition of the elevator tower and concessions and restrooms, five rows of seating)
  • Four new accessible platforms around the upper concourse
  • 20-foot deep concessions and new restrooms
  • Banners, possibly a Ring of Honor flanking the north and south of the scoreboard area to enclose the stadium.
  • Larger press box and additional club seating