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But the most important enhancements
may be the doubling of the amount of
restroom and concession space, meaning
shorter lines for fans eager to buy their
souvenir cups and get back to the game.
Minimal work is being done in the arena
bowl itself and the center will maintain its
With a trophy room and interactive
displays, the Hall of History is the signature piece of the expansion, but Waldman
believes the other aspects of the renovation
are equally important to the fan experience.
"Those things might not be as exciting but
at the end of the day they'll be equally
appreciated," he explains.
For example, the outside of the structure
is getting an overhaul. In the original arena
design, the four entrances into the building
consisted of a simple bank of 20 doors at
each gate. The renovation project will create
a vestibule - which has the added bonus of
improving energy efficiency - and allow for
better access from the outdoor plazas that
surround the center.
Open and Operating
Because of its importance not only to
Spartan athletics, but also the entire student
body, the Breslin Center has remained open
throughout the construction process. Working in an active facility creates a number
of challenges and logistical hurdles Barton
Malow has had to overcome.
The company is applying the lessons
it learned for its work on the north end
of the events center to make progress on
the second phase go more smoothly. Like
many facilities that have been in service
for three decades, the Breslin Center has a
lot of hidden conditions that crews did not
discover until they began tearing out walls
and breaking up the floors and ceilings.
"Any time you do a major renovation of a
building like this I think the unknown is
always a major challenge," Waldman states.
Knowing those conditions going into
phase two allows Barton Malow to prepare
for changes in materials and additional
work. "We have anticipated very similar circumstances on the south and have already
incorporated that into everyone's contract
to schedule accordingly," Waldman adds.
There is no perfect approach to resolving
scheduling and logistics issues, especially
when the project is a facility that must
remain open and hosts events nearly every
week of the year. But the Breslin Center
renovation is helping Barton Malow refine
its tactics and be more efficient. "It's just a
matter of meeting the challenges and creating a successful project," Waldman says.
"There's a million thing that go into that."
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