MSU Football Stadium End Zone Addition
Award Winner: 2013 Engineering Excellence Grand Project Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana (ACEC MT) and 2013 ACEC MT Honor Award, Structural Systems Category
In one of the most ambitious and unprecedented fundraising efforts initiated in recent Montana history, Montana State University, led by MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado, along with the MSU Foundation, set out to raise $6 million in private donations in less than three months’ time to fund an addition to Bobcat Stadium. Faced with only a nine-month window to design and construct the end zone addition before the start of the 2011-2012 football season, the MSU Foundation and their architect-engineering team of A&E Architects and Morrison-Maierle fast-tracked the design and utilized the general contractor/construction manager process to accelerate the construction schedule.
Working together with the GC/CM and A&E Architects in the development of multiple/phased bid packages to meet critical path scheduling, in less than two months’ time from conception to completion, Morrison-Maierle developed the entire design and construction bidding documents for the main structural support system consisting of precast concrete risers with steel braced frame supports and cast-in-place concrete foundations.
The addition increases the capacity of the stadium by 5,200 seats, improves accessibility and pedestrian flow for the entire stadium, and provides new public restrooms and concessions, as well as new visitor’s and referee locker rooms.