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 faÃ§ade, 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.