Folsom Field To Get Face Lift

 

 

BOULDER - The University of Colorado has selected its architect and

construction companies for the first major change to Folsom Field in more

than 12 years, as the addition of suites and club seating will begin next

spring.

 

 The joint venture firm of Shaw, Turner and Sink Combs Dethlefs has been

awarded the bid to build the expansion to Folsom.  The project includes

1,961 club seats and 29 private suites (18 seats per box, with six

additional tickets for each box available) that will be erected on top of

the east side of the stadium.  No current stadium seating in the stadium

will be eliminated when the new state-of-the-art structure is built.

 

The east concourse will remain open in a limited way for the 2002 season,

and the design and construction plan will allow for the uninterrupted use of

offices and shops located on that side of the stadium, which spans four

levels.  In fact, one of the most important criteria in selecting the

winning bid was how to limit disruption for the occupants of the east side

of Folsom, including dedicated personnel and shift hour work.

 

"We're excited we now have a firm date to put a shovel in the ground to

begin this project," CU Athletic Director Dick Tharp said.  "And we're

equally excited that the first step in the facilities part of Athletics 2010

will soon be underway."

 

 The target budget during programming for the project was $41.9 million, but

the winning bid came in at $35.8 million.  "This allows the flexibility for

the university to add additional suites and to upgrade amenities and still

remain within the target budget," said Doug Hatfield, a principal partner of

Shaw Construction.  "For example, if we can build extra suites, that will

mean additional revenue for the athletic department.  I feel we can put in

some features that will make this as good as any facility in the country."

 

    Ground will be broken next April (2002), with major construction to

begin in June.  The target date for completion is in time for CU's home

opener of the 2003 season (September 6) against UCLA.  The addition of 2,483

permanent seats will increase Folsom's capacity to an all-time high of

53,425 when completed.  The structure will match the campus architectural

theme, a northern Italian, rural Tuscany influence, with the varicolored

sandstone and red-tiled roofs to match the other 200-plus buildings on the

Boulder campus.


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