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SBD/July 24, 2013/Facilities
Nippert Stadium Upgrades Considered Crucial To Univ. Of Cincinnati's Athletics Success
Published July 24, 2013
FEELING BLUE: In Lexington, Jennifer Smith wrote the Univ. of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium renovation is "starting to take shape." UK has signed "formal deals with an architectural firm and a construction manager and has rough drawings in place" for the $110M renovation of the stadium and other football facilities. The project is "scheduled in several phases, outlined in the construction manager's proposal, with completion planned before the start" of the '15 football season. The formal model "probably will be unveiled in October." UK has "signed a contract worth $5,895,580 with Skanska/Congleton-Hacker, the same company that completed the recent Rupp Arena locker room renovation." The contract calls for "'substantial completion' to take place by Aug. 14, 2015, and a final completion date for 30 calendar days after that." There are built-in safeguards in the contract for UK "should the company fail to meet those completion dates." The construction manager's preliminary schedule shows that phase one is to "take place from" Sept. 1 of this year to December '14 (KENTUCKY.com, 7/23).