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
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