Michigan State University selected Barton Malow Company to renovate and expand the Skandalaris Football Center. The University desired an updated facility, which they could use to attract and retain players and staff. In addition to inadequate coaching offices, team meeting spaces, and training areas, the existing facility lacked national appeal when it came to recruiting the best-of-the-best.

Among the principal challenges on the project:

Phasing / Fast Tracking: Construction was accomplished in one year, to best meet coaching and training needs. To support this aggressive timeline, we used a fast-track bid / award system, bid long-lead items – structural steel and curtainwall – during design development, and had structural steel and curtainwall contractors become part of the design team. They were included in all design meetings, speeding coordination.

Budgeting / Value Engineering: We tracked budget vs. individual bid results. Some packages were over budget, but a value engineering effort by Barton Malow and the A/E brought the packages back in line.

Working in an Occupied Building: Existing offices were demolished as part of the project, so temporary offices were constructed. Barton Malow worked closely with university staff to support building operations and ensure safety.

Tight Construction Site at a Busy Intersection. Just-in-time delivery was used to manage construction traffic and keep the site clear. Parking and laydown areas were coordinated off site. Pedestrian traffic was closely monitored and redirected as needed for construction activity

Green Building: Though MSU did not pursue LEED certification, we nonetheless employed green building practices to the greatest extent possible – in material selection, for example, as well as MEP system design and waste management.

New, highly functional spaces now promote true team interaction, while enhancing the institutions national recruiting appeal at the same time. The project was completed on time, and on budget.

Todd Ketola

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