SBJ/January 24 - 30, 2005/Facilities

Expansion for Michigan: 79 new suites

The office of the University of Michigan’s architect issued a proposal last Monday for designers to bid on a $165.6 million renovation of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

The document was sent to Ellerbe Becket, HKS, HNTB, HOK Sport, Rossetti and 360 Architecture, a source familiar with the project said.

The proposal provides details of an expansion that would add 79 suites, 2,000 outdoor club seats, 1,000 indoor club seats, 1,200 regular bench seats and 168 spaces for disabled patrons and their companions.

The proposal said 5,632 seats would be gained in the renovation. That would increase capacity to 113,133 if no seats were displaced by the new construction, which the proposal did not address.

The stadium, college football’s largest, was built in 1927 and has 107,501 seats.

The number of men’s and women’s rest rooms and concession areas would be increased and the concourse expanded by 57,000 square feet.

The deadline for bids is Feb. 4. Three firms will be selected for interviews during the week of Feb. 21, according to the proposal.

The university’s board of regents must OK the budget and scope of the renovation and hire the architect before the project can go forward, said Bruce Madej, assistant athletic director for media relations.

HNTB has worked with the university to study upgrades to the stadium as part of a 2002 master plan.

HOK was awarded contracts late in 2004 to design a renovation for Michigan’s baseball facility and a new venue for women’s softball.

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