SBJ/December 1 - 7, 2003/Facilities
Venue only the start of improvements on Mercer campus
Published December 1, 2003
Mercer’s new arena seats 3,200, or 2,700 more than the university’s old gym.
The new arena is more than six times larger than the team's previous home. Porter Gym, a 70-year-old facility, has a capacity of 500 compared with the new arena's 3,200 seats.
In addition to a new arena, the Mercer University Center project provides a food court and coffee shop, along with a host of student athletic facilities, such as a lap pool, aerobics room and running track. The facility also will house the school's athletic department offices.
According to university estimates, the center's construction has had a $150 million economic impact on the Macon, Ga., area, mostly through the creation of new jobs.
The new arena, along with providing the potential for greater ticket revenue, holds the possibility of bringing premium-seating revenue to the university through the sale of three luxury suites. Porter Gym has no such seating. Prices on the suites were still being negotiated as of early November.
Special events, including non-university events, also are being targeted as a source of additional revenue.
Mercer University Arena
City: Macon, Ga.
Tenants: Mercer University men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball
Owner and operator: Mercer University
Architect: Cooper Carry Inc.
General contractor: Beck Group/New South (joint venture)
No. of seats: 3,200
No. of suites/club seats: 3/0
Projected cost: $40 million
Funding: 100 percent from an athletic department capital campaign
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola*
Scoreboard provider: Electro-Mech Scoreboard Co.
Seat provider: Interkal LLC
Floor provider: Connor Sports Flooring Corp.
First game: Jan. 8, men's basketball vs. Gardner-Webb
* Not a new contract; company held business at Porter Gym
MERCER UNIVERSITY ARENA SUBCONTRACTORS
|Allied Materials Handling Inc.||Overhead doors and loading dock|
|Alpha Insulation Co.||Sprayed fire proofing|
|American Awning Fabricators Inc.||Awnings|
|American Pan & Engineering Co.||Concrete formwork|
|Astra Group||Swimming pool|
|Atlanta Bin & Shelving||Lockers|
|Blount Rigging & Erecting||Structural steel erection|
|Bonitz Flooring Group||Resilient flooring and carpet|
|Captain Rebar||Reinforcing installation|
|Centex Pest Control||Soil treatment|
|Chesapeake Construction||Concrete placing|
|Circle Group||Drywall, acoustical ceilings, EIFS|
|Construction Specialties Inc.||Wall protection|
|Contract Connection Inc.||Material supplier|
|Donco Inc.||Toilet access and partitions|
|Duval Design||Fabric panels|
|East Coast Fire Protection||Fire protection|
|ECM Fabrics||Modular walls|
|General Steel||Reinforcing material|
|Glass Service Center||Glass and glazing|
|Houston Steel||Structural steel|
|Irby Ironworks||Miscellaneous metals|
|Joe Burton Co.||Fire extinguishers and cabinets|
|Marble Granite Tile Imports||Tile|
|Mark Henderson Inc.||Electrical|
|Mock Plumbing and Mechanical Inc.||HVAC and plumbing|
|Nucor-Vulcraft||Joist and decking|
|Otis Elevator Co.||Elevators|
|Pleasants Contract Hardware Co.||Door frame hardware|
|Southeastern Interior Construction Co.||Ceramic tile|
|Southeastern Surfaces and Equipment||Mondo flooring|
|Southern Flooring||Wood flooring|
|Thomas Mason Inc.||Sitework and asphalt paving|
|Unique Paving Systems Inc.||Concrete pavers|
|Walter H. Hopkins Co.||Mobile storage shelving|
|Wink Davis Equipment Co.||Laundry equipment|
|Won-Door Corp.||Special doors|
|Zeigler Paint||Painting and wallcovering|
|Sources: Mercer University, Beck Group/New South|