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Institutional | HUNT CONSTRUCTION GROUP / SUNDT

For the Fans

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY STADIUM'S RENOVATIONS ARE UNDERWAY. BY STEPHANIE CRETS

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ince Project Executive Tab Baker's
first sports project on the University of Phoenix Stadium in 2001,
building and renovating sports
arenas and stadiums have been his primary
focus at Hunt Construction Group. He's
completed projects including Sloan Park,
in Mesa, Ariz., where the Chicago Cubs
have spring training; Southwest University
Ballpark in El Paso, Texas; and the T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas.
Hunt Construction thrives on difficult
projects, and sports venues fit the bill. They
tend to be challenging based on logistics
and timing. "It's figuring out how these
complex projects go together and having
the ability to deliver these to the clients on
time," Baker says. "You don't get to revisit
opening day; they're set in stone so you
can't change the schedule. No matter what
the challenges are of a project, you just have
to figure out how to overcome those and
deliver the project."
Baker faces these challenges and more in
his latest project of rebuilding and renovating the Arizona State University (ASU)
Stadium, a join venture project between
Hunt Construction and Sundt. The stadium
is more than 50 years old and was in need of
a refresh. "ASU started conceptually looking
at what kind of funding was available, and
the scope they needed to make it work,"
Baker says. "They wondered how can they

Hunt Construction
Group / Sundt
www.huntconstructiongroup.com
* Project: Arizona State
University Stadium
* Budget: $256 million
* Employees: 500
* Project Location: Phoenix

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Construction says it thrives
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on difficult projects, and stadiums
can have challenging logistics.

get the biggest bang for their buck and give
students, alumni and athletes what they
never had before."

On Schedule
Renovations began in December 2014
with the first phase in the south end zone.
Hunt Construction and Sundt tore out the
existing metal bleachers and put in new,
precast concrete stadium seating, along
with new concessions, restrooms and a new
concourse level.
The project is now in phase two, which
involves a complete reconstruction of the
existing west sideline, along with adding
a student athletic facility to the north
end zone. This facility will house football
operations and offices, including weight
rooms, locker rooms, training areas and
physical therapy facilities. "Phase two is the
most complex of the phases with schedule
crunch-time and dollar value," Baker notes.
"But this is really going to enhance ASU's
ability to have all the most current technol-

ogy in terms of training, hydro therapy and
other pieces of equipment."
The final phase will begin at the end of
the next football season, November 2016,
with construction on the east side of the
stadium. "We've left some elements of
the existing stadium in place and built
around the elements and added new
structures to them," Baker says. Sept. 1,
2017, will mark opening day for ASU, and
Hunt Construction and Sundt plan to
have the entire project completed by that
August because, as Baker explains, there
are no schedule alterations when it comes
to sports schedules.
"What we don't know is what we
encounter when we stick a shovel in the
ground," according to Baker. "We found
some things along the way that could incur
cost and schedule impacts, but it's how
you recover from those and stay on the
tight schedule. It took several months for
demolition, which went very well, and we
encountered a few surprises.


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