University of Arizona Stadium – North End Zone Seating
Construction of the new North End-Zone Facility at Arizona Stadium completed in the Summer of 2013. This upgrade presented premium seating and fan amenities, relocated and provided new facilities for the football program and introduced new concourses cross-connecting access to the east and west stadium seating sections.
MA Mortenson was selected as the general contractor on the project. They had several goals to meet, including managing a tight project schedule within budget, maintaining the safety of the construction crews and University students and visitors throughout the project, and sourcing the majority of the materials used on the project locally.
When Roland Baldos, senior estimator for general contractor MA Mortenson Company, was in the early stages of estimating work on the stadium renovation, he met with Oldcastle Building Solutions. They put him in touch with the local Oldcastle Tucson, AZ team who were able to provide access to the wealth of products, services and expertise that Oldcastle offers in the area.
While Baldos was aware of some of the products Oldcastle had to offer, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that Oldcastle was able to offer far more than his expectation. They provided local products and solutions for a substantial amount of the project. The local Oldcastle team worked closely with Mortenson and the architect Heery International Inc., proposing solutions and providing samples.
The Staker/Parsons company, part of the Oldcastle Materials group, supplied and installed the Ready Mix concrete while Oldcastle Precast provided products and technical design assistance for utility tunnels, lid panels and traps. Oldcastle Building Envelope provided interior and exterior glass while Oldcastle Architectural provided Superlite and Trenwyth architectural masonry products. Allied, Oldcastle’s distribution company, provided TPC membrane roofing and waterproofing products.
Any time you do construction work on a campus there are unique challenges, including limited access roads and construction site space, and high student pedestrian traffic around the area.
According to Mike Gamez, general manager at Staker/Parsons for Tucson, the excellent communication between his and Mortenson’s field personnel, and Oldcastle’s dedication to ensuring construction site safety enabled them to keep everyone safe in the cramped quarters.
With all of the different products being delivered and installed, often around the clock, at times it looked like a small city. Even when there wasn’t work to be done on a given day, Gamez’s crew would be on site performing safety inspections.
Real-Time Problem Solving
After the water line was installed, an interference challenge was discovered between the line and a section of the block wall. Not wanting to incur the lost time and expense of rerouting the pipe, Oldcastle Masonry experts recommended a solution using an alternate size of block, correcting the issue with minimal disruption.
Adding to the challenge was a custom color requirement for the block, which normally would have a three week lead time. They contacted the plant which was able to turn the product out in a week keeping the project on schedule, which meant everything to the customer.
Staker/Parsons performed night pours and worked around the schedule of the stadium, which was a key factor. Oldcastle introduced Mortensen to several qualified subcontractors in the Tucson market, including masons and roofers, helping to simplify the procurement process and ensure quality outcome. Happy with the work already performed on the project, Mortenson selected Oldcastle Building Envelope for the interior and exterior glass.
“We worked with Oldcastle because of the quality requirements and schedule requirements of this project. We found great value in working with one company and getting materials from one supplier. We appreciate Oldcastle’s commitment to safety, and the members of the team were professional, reliable and efficient.”
Roland Baldos, Mortenson Construction
Having a single point of contact for design support, logistics coordination and product expertise ensured the project goals were met on time by simplifying the procurement process, reducing risk, and improving communication throughout the project.
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