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College Park Center

University of Texas at Arlington

College Park Center is an indoor, multi-purpose arena on the University of Texas at Arlington campus in Arlington, Texas. It seats up to 7,000 spectators.

Its primary tenant is the Mavericks athletic department including the University’s basketball and volleyball teams. A secondary tenant during the summer months is the WNBA’s Dallas Wings. It also hosts graduation ceremonies for UT Arlington, other private trade schools, and area highs schools, along with concrete and events.

The arena is part of a 20-acre section of the campus known as College Park District. Completed in 2012, the District includes a residence hall, student apartments, a welcome center, restaurants and three parking garages. The arena portion was designed by HKS, Inc, architects of the then recently completed Cowboys Stadium and many of the world’s elite athletic facilities. The 218,000 square-foot center features a split-bowl arena that places more seats close to the action and intensifies the fan experience. It was designed to achieve LEED Gold standards for sustainability incorporating many energy-savings features.

The UT System choose as their general contractor, the Hunt Construction Group, based in Indianapolis, with its Dallas office being responsible for working with the owner, architect and engineers in the overall design, cost estimating and construction management. A team of experienced sport facilities sub-contractors were assembled to assist in the pre-construction phase.

  • Project Name
    College Park Center at the
    University of Texas, Arlington
  • Client
    Hunt Construction Group
  • Architect
    HKS, Inc.
  • Engineer
    HKS, Inc.
  • Construction
    Hunt Construction Group
  • Category
    Stadium and Arenas
  • Date
    April 23, 2019
  • References
    N/A
  • Written By
    Lewis Elkins, NAPCO Precast
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Project Impressions

Challenge

NAPCO Precast, LLC was chosen early in the pre-construction phase not only because of their experience having successfully completed numerous similar facilities, but also because it was critical to order the special riser forms specific to this arena. Once the initial design was completed delivery of forms was a three-month process. NAPCO was well equipped to handle the challenges of a tight schedule having recently completing the University of North Texas Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas. The architect on the UNT Stadium was also HKS, Inc. They were familiar with our team and were extremely pleased with our performance and quality on the Denton project. As a matter of fact, we were told by the lead architect, Greg Whittemore, that the fit of the risers was the best of any stadium they had designed, even a better fit than the Cowboys Stadium.

Planning

Enclosed facilities utilizing precast risers present planning issues unlike using steel or aluminum due to the weight of the products. Another issue that is different in enclosed arena, unlike open football or soccer venues is the roof structure. Not having the freedom to erect all the risers and other related products presents the need for close coordination with other trades. The greatest amount of time devoted to the work of completing an arena is after the structure is enclosed. Critical path scheduling was essential. Since we could not work independent of the roof the obvious solution was to use the general contractors tower crane. structure In this instance we were able to erect most of the lower bowl using a 250-ton crawler in the center of the arena floor. Once the steel for the roof structure was delivered, we had to remove the crawler and rely on their tower crane to make critical picks for the completion of the lower bowl and upper bowl precast risers. We did not have the freedom to make cost effective double risers because of the limitation of their tower crane. The weight of every pieces was plotted causing the need to change from doubles to singles in many locations. During the day the tower crane was used to erect the steel roof and at night we utilized the tower crane for our products.

Solution

Working closely with other trades the best plan was to erect most of the lower bowl using a 250-ton crawler in the center of the arena floor. Once the steel for the roof structure was delivered, we had to remove the crawler and rely on their tower crane to make critical picks for the completion of the lower bowl and upper bowl precast risers. We did not have the freedom to make cost effective double risers because of the limitation of their tower crane. The weight of every pieces was plotted causing the need to change from doubles to singles in many locations. During the day the tower crane was used to erect the steel roof and at night we utilized the tower crane for our products. All the pe-planning worked and the super-structure was completed on time.

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