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Olsson helps complete K-State’s West Stadium renovation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Kansas State University’s (K-State) West Stadium renovation is complete with a week to spare, thanks to solid working partnerships and a desire among all project team members to see the college game day mecca project finished before the home-opening kickoff on August 30.

K-State’s West Stadium project was first introduced to the public in January 2012 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. K-State’s vision was to build a new $75 million addition to the west side that would be funded entirely with private funds. Premium seating, an Athletics Hall of Honor, enhanced field lighting, and improved media and broadcast facilities were all included in the renovation.

Olsson’s first task in March 2012 was to begin the topographic survey. The team also began relocating utilities and the television truck connections by the first of August. With no as-builts of how utilities were connected to the existing press box, Olsson and K-State representatives had to retrace all utility connections and develop a utility corridor around the new west side. All utility relocations were made on time and television production was ready for the first game in 2013. 

 Olsson also provided all site grading, which included working with K-State athletics and AECOM late in the final design to accommodate donor pavers that raised another $1 million for the project’s construction. Another late design element was using lilac stone pavers that recognized all 105 Kansas counties. On each paver, a Kansas county is spelled out in 10-inch-high letters. Special underdrains were used with drain boards to take all water to an underdrain system. Another fun aspect of the project that was added at the end was designing and placing the Bill Snyder statue at the front gates. 

Weekly construction meetings were held that were very useful in keeping the project moving forward. As with any project this size, a number of design issues can occur. Since Olsson’s Manhattan office is just 10 minutes from the stadium, staff members could respond quickly to any project challenges that arose. Olsson’s great working relationship with AECOM and Mortenson/GE Johnson also helped the project progress quickly, especially since most of the project members were fellow K-State graduates.  

“This project was a privilege to work on,” said Project Manager Mark Bachamp, PE. “We were able to help K-State Athletics realize its vision and be an integral part of the campus athletic experience.”

Also assisting in the project were Olsson’s Grand Island Structural team, which designed some retaining walls, and Olsson’s Kansas City Northland’s office, which provided the electrical design for the utility relocations. For more information on Olsson's involvement of K-State's West Stadium project, please contact Mark Bachamp, PE, at 785.539.6900 or mbachamp@olssonassociates.com.

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