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'When you start naming [the piles], you
know the dirt's been around too long.'
the new arena is intended to allow both venues to better serve students and the community.
Architectural firm Cannon Design developed the new
172,000-square-foot building to have three floors and a partial
basement. The arena will have a seating capacity of 5,000 people in
the bowl and another 1,000 on the floor with folding chairs. The total
project budget is $85 million, of which $70 million is for construction. About 1,300 tons of structural steel and 170,000 square feet of
metal deck will be incorporated into the final structure.
Once it opens in late 2017, the new arena will be among the most
modern sports venues in the America East Conference, an NCAA
Division I non-football conference. "UMBC's event center is a state-ofthe-art athletics venue and multipurpose facility designed to support
the recruitment and retention of high-quality student-athletes, host
student life activities and programs, and create a new home for many
of the institution's academic and institutional events," says Joe Rexing,
director of facilities management for the university. "It will also provide
a welcoming experience for all campus visitors and will continue to
strengthen UMBC's support of the surrounding community."

where a stream runs through the campus. UMBC in tandem with
Cannon Design has been working with the Army Corps of Engineers
and the Maryland Department of the Environment on a stream
restoration project running parallel to the event center construction.
Despite those challenges, progress on the event center continues. Barton Malow's extensive experience with sports arenas and
its past work with the University System of Maryland means it has
the know-how and the relationships in lace to keep the project on
track. As of early September, crews were finishing the site work and
preparing to erect the steel structure for the facility.
According to Barton Malow Project Director Jody Latimer, the
team is using building information modeling software to coordinate
all of the structure as well as the interior spaces, including mechanical and electrical work, with the subcontractors. Utilizing BIM
software will ensure the build can move rapidly once the structure is
in place. "When you work on a successful project and you know it's a
team effort with the subcontractors, you're eager to work with each
other again," Latimer says of the cooperation between Barton Malow
and its subcontractors.

Staying Sustainable
Environmental considerations play a large role in the project. UMBC
and Barton Malow are targeting LEED Gold certification for the
building and the arena will have a partial green roof in accordance
with a campus-wide sustainability effort. Several micro-bioretention ponds also were built near the future event center to help with
stormwater retention.
When looking at the campus from afar it may appear that crews
have plenty of space in which to work; however, in reality, the job
site is just as space-constrained as if it were built in downtown
Baltimore. The work zone is bound by 200-year-old heritage trees to
the north, a stream restoration to the south, and the campus' main
ring road to the west. That left little room for crews to spread out and
made it even more challenging to find space for the dirt. As a result
of those physical obstacles, material deliveries can only approach
the site from the east. "We're basically building this building from
the inside out, starting from the west heading east," Herckner adds.
"It takes longer and is more costly in most cases to get the material to
the point of the work than it is to install it."
The heritage trees near the job site added to those complications
because UMBC required their preservation. To minimize the disturbance, Barton Malow erected an earthretaining wall to hold the
soil around the heritage trees in place while the rest of the site was
excavated. A portion of the retaining wall was not originally part of
the plan but became necessary because the soil within the hill was
sandy and difficult to keep in place as crews excavated the hillside.
Similar environmental efforts exist on the south side of the site,

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