Case Studies: TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – KYLE FIELD RENOVATIONS
The renovation of Kyle Field is a major design and construction undertaking that will take two phases and two years to complete. Phase 1 of the project will focus on the east side of the stadium and installation of all underground utilities in these areas. The majority of the existing infrastructure will be replaced and additional capacities to each of the systems provided. IES provided the coordination efforts needed for the installation of all underground utilities serving the stadium.
This became somewhat of a challenge due to the construction phasing of the project and the placement of new underground utilities. The use of large mobile cranes needed to construct the stadium could possibly damage newly installed underground utilities and the placement of these utilities needed to architects layout while avoiding the structural foundations of various new structures. IES worked closely with the Architects and Contractor to provide a workable solution to this obstacle throughout the construction process. The entire drainage system in and around the stadium was redesigned to accommodate the new construction. The playing field was lowered almost 7 feet and precipitated the need for a new outfall located across Houston Street to the east in Spence Park.
Phase 2 of the project will see the implosion of the west stands, press box and elevator shaft. This will allow for the construction of a completely new, state of the art facility. The implosion of the west stands prevented the installation of underground utilities on the west side due to the possibility of damage. After the implosion it was speculated that the elevator shaft imbedded itself into the parking lot by some 5 to 10 feet. Work is currently underway with the removal of debris of the west side implosion. Once cleared, the construction of new sanitary sewer and storm drain systems will begin.
Thus far the Kyle Field Redevelopment project has been quite exciting and complex. Constant attention has been given to the dynamic nature of the project and close coordination with the Architects, Engineers and Contractors has been critical. As Phase 2 is just now starting, we embrace this next phase of design and construction. The engineers at IES are proud to be a part of this project and are excited about the successful completion of Phase 2 for the upcoming 2015 football season.