ASU picks architects, construction teams for Sun Devil Stadium renovations









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Aug 7, 2014, 2:40pm MST  Mike Sunnucks Senior Reporter-Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University has picked architectural design and construction teams for the $210 million renovation of Sun Devil Stadium. Gould Evans Associates and HNTB Corporation have been picked by ASU to design the renovations, which include reducing seating capacity and creating a horseshoe configuration at the Tempe stadium.

Gould designed ASU’s Biodesign Institute while HNTB designed the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, as well as numerous college stadiums.

“Football stadiums are part of the collegiate experience and we look forward to playing a role in helping people see what a world-class university does with its public venues,” said Gerardo Prado, a principal with HNTB.

Click the image above to see renderings of the new Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson announced the design and construction picks Thursday.

“We have reached an important milestone in the reinvention of Sun Devil Stadium,” Anderson said.

The stadium currently has a capacity of 71,700. Renovation plans will reduce that number to 60,000 while taking out the north bleachers and installing better lower-bowl seats and improved boxes and suites.

Hunt Construction Group and Sundt Construction will lead construction at the stadium.

Hunt — which was recently acquired by Aecom Technlogy Group — built University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Nationals Park in Washington and has built and expanded a number of college stadiums.

Tempe-based Sundt has done a number of past construction projects for ASU and the University of Arizona.

The design and construction firms beat out a number of rival bids for Sun Devil Stadium work.

“We couldn’t be more pleased than to have this opportunity to re-engage with a great partner like ASU on a project of this magnitude,” said Krista Shepherd, a principal with Gould Evans. “We have had a strong relationship with the university on some challenging projects and we look forward to putting that experience to work on what is the most visible venue on campus. It’s a signature project.”

ASU ditched previous ideas of making the stadium site into a dome and then having a canopy structure to protect fans and players from the Sonoran Desert heat. The school is also looking to modernize the stadium in the wake of renovations and new stadiums built by other Pac-12 schools.

ASU conducted a formal bidding process for both the design and construction work. There were seven bids for the architectural work.

“Sun Devil Stadium is an iconic venue that represents Arizona’s sports history and will be the exemplar for its future,” said Hunt’s Executive Vice President Robert Hart. “Hunt Construction is thrilled to be a part of it, as we have been to other defining local projects.”

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