The Fighting Irish

The first major changes to the Joyce Center arena (home to the Notre Dame basketball and volleyball teams) since its construction in 1968, Barton Malow provided preconstruction and construction management services for its dramatic expansion. Now a “showcase” facility, the project features a 60,000 square foot addition with a new main entrance, club seating and a hospitality area, and a new home for all ticket offices, and a new varsity shop for apparel and souvenir sales.

Existing seating was replaced with the installation of chair-back seating throughout the arena and the lower arena’s seating replacement was one-for-one except for the bottom two rows, which were demolished to accommodate new platforms at floor level.

A new primary entrance, the Purcell Pavilion, and a new separate club entry, provide a private entrance to the new club hospitality space located within the upper levels of the arena. Construction was phased to prevent disruption of arena operations and events.

Barton Malow’s Game Plan included:

  • Phasing and Fast Tracking – Bid strategy was key to fast tracking the Purcell Pavilion. Materials were prebid to expedite procurement and the shop-drawing phase, long-lead items were broken out and bid before completion of architectural design, and the installation of foundations were coordinated during demolition.
  • Budget and Cost Management During Design – To maximize budget, Barton Malow completed cost models for each design option, determining which was most cost-effective and responsive to client needs. Our in-house estimators were utilized for the schematic and design development estimates, and local contractors assisted with cost-saving opportunities in the local market. As well, Barton Malow and Notre Dame collaborated on a local-contractor outreach program to help secure sufficient qualified bidders, assuring competitive pricing.
  • Intricate Logistical Coordination Efforts – All construction took place in an operational building. Phasing and logistics were planned and reviewed during design to support building users, and close coordination with Notre Dame supported normal building operations. Using double shifts, renovations were completed between sport seasons.
  • Maximizing LEED Credits with Minimal Expense – Barton Malow identified and estimated potential LEED points early in the design phase, assessing, prioritizing, and establishing the cost of individual items. The project has been awarded LEED Gold Certification.
Len Moser

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