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Architect and construction manager hired for Commonwealth Stadium renovation


Last week, I shared a rendering of a renovated Commonwealth Stadium with you from the inside of the new football media guide. Now, it looks like that rendering belongs to Ross Tarrant Architects, the architectural firm hired to do the renovation. Skanska USA Building Inc./Congleton-Hacker Company has been hired as the project’s construction manager. Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader found a set of contracts for the project via an open-records request, and confirmed with UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy that the university has signed a contract with both firms to complete the renovations.

Skanska USA Building Inc./Congleton-Hacker Company recently completed the Rupp Arena locker room renovation and has worked on various stadiums across the nation, including Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium, the New England Patriot’s Gillette Stadium and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Peevy said that a formal model of a renovated Commonwealth Stadium will most likely be unveiled in October, and that the design may look different than the rendering above:

“We wanted to put something out there,” Peevy said of the rendering, which shows a new façade, as well as a new press box level. “It was really the closest thing we had to show people. … It’s just the closest thing we have to anything right now. We don’t have anything that’s further along in the process yet.”

National architecture firm HNTB will work closely with Ross Tarrant on the final drawings. We shared their proposal with you back in March:


The project will be done in phases, with completion planned before the start of the 2015 season. Phase one will begin on September 1st of this year and last until December 2014, and includes the addition of a new team retail store, the renovation and expansion of the Wildcat Den, an updated President’s Room, Recruiting Room, Locker Room, and Coaches’ Club. Phase two, which will include moving the press box to the top of the stadium, will begin in January 2015.

I’m sure they’d love to hear your opinions on the rendering in the comments section.

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39 Comments for Architect and construction manager hired for Commonwealth Stadium renovation

  1. Wedding Planner
    3:03 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Soldier Field

    3:05 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Will be interesting to see what happens to season tkts in the endzone like mine, with the relocating of the student section and the patio

  3. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    3:07 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    No more urinal troughs!

  4. Jughead
    3:24 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I demand automatic dispensers of moist towelettes in the men’s room.

  5. cracka
    3:30 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    might wanna correct the headline here … delete me

  6. Cats
    3:30 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Seat backs or bleachers?

  7. LeX
    3:41 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Mite b cool

  8. just me
    3:43 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’m familiar with Ross Tarrant’s work and I always thought it was really plain and lacking detail. Maybe that will be just fine for the stadium though and keep cost down. Whatever they do, make it TIMELESS and not something that will look out of date in 10 years.

  9. jerns
    3:44 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Loving it. Commonwealth renovation is long overdue.

  10. Facade
    4:14 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    We want a limestone facade like Keeneland, using genuine KENTUCKY limestone. Something unique and to be proud of, idea is gaining steam on another site so get the word spread. Get us a unique stadium dammit.

  11. Exterior
    4:18 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    The exterior should incorporate a greyish KY limestine facade with wrought iron accents and gates! A legend will be born.

  12. Exterior
    4:21 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    10. You stole my thoughts exactly. Can’t stress the KY limestone facade enough. It would make the stadium look monumental. Instead of like a glorified Marshall’s like the pic above with the beige cement pour.

    4:24 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Everyone needs to remember these pics are just examples, actual and final drawings will be released in Oct.

  14. UK2K
    4:25 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    bahaha 10-12 are the same people, sorry but that idea is just bad.

  15. Exterior
    4:31 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    14. Actually we are not, just a very wierd coincidence that freaked me out when I saw it. Just goes to show I’m not the only one thinking this way. How you say it would look bad I have no idea?!! Please tell me you aren’t ok with the beige cement pour shown above. If so you need to break away from Fayette mall and check out the real beauty of this state and city.

  16. Big Barker Nation
    5:00 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    None of those are final drawings and none are really intended to do more than explain the functional, not the aesthetic

  17. Big Barker Nation
    5:07 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    15. I don’t like the idea of stone either but JMO. Look what I posted about the photos, it’s just to give an idea.

  18. BluKudzu
    5:12 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I hope we do something really special. CWS seems like an after-thought for seating to see a football game. Here is the chance to really make this a major event, as do some of the storied programs have done throughout the south.

  19. Exterior
    5:20 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    17. Yeah I get these aren’t the final designs. Of the 2 shown the doodle on the paper looks the best. But still even if these are just rough drafts, they can do SOOO MUCH better. If you don’t like the limestone and iron, what are your suggestions?

  20. rj
    5:33 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    10, 11, and 12, then we can have the players remove their penises and pay in dresses. then at halftime they can dress their dollies.

  21. rj
    5:34 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    play not pay

  22. Bob the Replier
    5:44 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I say paint the whole thing blue. We are the BBN!

  23. Marc
    5:50 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to see some sort of brick facade. Will last for years and look timeless.

  24. Exterior
    6:02 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    20. Right… Because rock and iron are looked at as girly. Something tells me you already have a lot of severed human parts in your basement freezer you sick f.uck. You may wanna see if your therapist will refund you, I don’t think your insanity sessions are working.

  25. Football Man
    6:25 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Limestone & Brick
    Iron Gates

  26. CPACAT
    6:40 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    How about Coal and Hemp and Limestone on the exterior…those are three inarguable Kentucky icons:)

  27. Brad W
    6:46 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    We need some of Lexington’s own Big Ass Fans.

  28. Yep
    6:47 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Can we avoid the concrete veneer on the outside of the stadium? Looks like a Soviet Cold War relic. Brick or stone would look great, but I would love to see a southern classic like old Stoll Field used to look. Make it look like Stoll Field.

  29. SevenT
    6:48 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    One thing I don’t understand is not increasing the seating capacity. Spending that kind of money and not adding 10,000 or so seats seems like a bad plan.

  30. Go big blue
    7:11 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    29 you said it all. Before we focus on stadium we need players and wins which leads to a full stadium. After that you need more capacity and then comes limestone and wrought iron. You can’t even drink a beer inside so why are we so concerned with luxury boxes??? Seat backs are a lot better idea and more seats when the thing is full every Saturday. I got a survey asking would a pay 2500 a seat!!!, bhhhhahahaahaha…. No! We haven’t beat an SEC team in two years!

    I’m a season tic holder for 7 years.

  31. JHD
    7:14 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    A couple of things for the uninitiated: One, Ross Tarrant will not be designing this renovation. They are too small and specialized, so HNTB will be the lead. Two, it’s unlikely that we will see any genuine limestone on this building, except in small details. It’s just way too expensive to clad the whole stadium in limestone. That’s doubly true for Kentucky limestone, which isn’t nearly as plentiful as the Indiana variety. Much more likely is “cast stone”, which is a fancy way of saying precast concrete treated to look like stone. It’s what’s on the outside of the Lexington Center. It will still look leaps and bounds better than the current Commonwealth, but best to have your expectations in check ahead of time.

  32. Exterior
    7:34 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    31. I’m completely with you, it is very expensive for true KY limestone. I’m perfectly fine with the KY limestone precast stone.

    7:46 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    29. 30. Because that’s the trend in College Football. Schools are downsizing when they renovate, its quite known attendance nationwide is declining each and every year due to home entertainment and costs to attend a game. So no need to make it bigger, just make what you already have alot better

  34. Tampa Satchel
    9:12 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to see something that mimicked the creekrock walls that are ubiquitous around central KY accented with wrought iron. I think that is a fine idea. Maybe even have some creeping vines on some of the exterior walls. Give it some real character. Just a thought.

  35. Bossman
    9:18 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Recently the Congleton-Hacker Company completed the rebuild of Northpoint Training Center, in Boyle County. I must say that now our state inmates have a prison they can be proud of. Great work Congleton-Hacker Company!!!

  36. Innovative
    9:23 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I think we need something new inside the stadium. Most great stadiums have some unique aspect in it. For example, Wrigley Field has the Ivy, Tampa Bay Bucs stadium has the boat, and Angel Stadium has a cascade waterfall. What features could we put inside the stadium that are truly KY and then mimic that look outside? Horse Fences, Limestone, Oak Trees lining the top of the stadium.

    Whatever it is, if it’s not unique, we will hear the same cry for a new stadium in a few years as well.

  37. Over-the-top guy
    9:41 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Why don’t they build a racetrack around the field so fans can bet on races at halftime or maybe even during blowouts?

  38. Issel's two front teeth
    10:04 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky football,and Kentucky basketball are the only games in town! How about increasing seat capacity? All this other stuff, is just fluff for the high rollers.

  39. Steve Kuhlenbeck
    7:55 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Please show all the Bowls UK has been to somewhere. All those teams need to be honored in the stadium.