A Landmark Addition

The Montana State University (MSU) Football Stadium End Zone Addition replaced the former 2,000 seat capacity metal bleachers with a “bowl” in the end zone by connection the existing east and west grandstands. Funded by $6 million in private donations, the addition increased the capacity of the stadium by 5,200 seats, improved accessibility and pedestrian flow for the entire stadium, and provided new public restrooms and concessions, as well as new visitors and referee locker rooms. The $6 million goal was reached in less than three months’ time, and the campaign to enhance Bobcat Stadium was launched.

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 fast-tracked the design and utilized the general contractor/construction manager (GC/CM) process to accelerate the construction schedule. Working together with the GC/CM and architect to develop multiple-phased bid packages to meet the schedule in less than two months’ time, Morrison-Maierle developed the 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.