Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium
University of Denver
Type of Construction
Partner, Plan, Build Better.
Pinkard Construction provided comprehensive CM/GC services for the addition of a new lacrosse stadium at the University of Denver. The site is located on the west side of the Ritchie Center along the current east/west walkway at the south side of the lacrosse field.
The structure is approximately 350 feet long by 57 feet wide, providing 12 tiers of bleacher seating for 1,960 spectators. The facility includes concessions and ample restroom facilities. The press box is designed to serve soccer and lacrosse, with the soccer scoreboard as part of the south facade. There are team locker room facilities, an office, and changing area for the coaches, and a half-time room for the visiting team.
At the west end of the grandstand is a 28 x 36 x 50-foot high stone clad tower, the copper clad roof rising an additional 30 feet to its peak and the base of the finial. The tower provides a small conference/club room overlooking the lacrosse field with mechanical space below. An elevator is provided for access to the press box and upper level ADA seating.
The new facility was constructed using a hybrid structural system of cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, and load bearing clay block masonry. The masonry is faced with the same limestone and sandstone that provides the exterior skin for the Ritchie Center and the Stapleton Tennis Center. The new stadium augments what is considered to be one of the premier artificial fields for lacrosse competition in the Front Range.
Tight Site and Compressed Construction Schedule
A very tight site and seven month construction schedule created interesting challenges in the sequencing of trades and procurement, storage and movement of equipment and materials. Because the limestone quarry required a 6-month lead time to deliver the blocks that make up the face of the stadium, Pinkard worked with the quarry and DU to ensure that limestone delivery would fit into the very short schedule.
Associated Builders and Contractors'
1st place, National Excellence in Construction Eagle award.