the Project stats
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- LEED GOLD Certified
Build Michigan Award
ENR's Midwest Best Project of the Year
the Project study
Crisler Arena, originally built by Spence Brothers in 1967, is a multi-purpose venue used for academic, athletic, and entertainment events. This expansion project of what would become the new Crisler Center included construction of approximately 63,000 gross square feet to create new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas, and a private club space. Renovation of approximately 54,000 gross square feet accommodates accessible seating, improved circulation, and egress, an increased number of restrooms and concession areas, as well as the addition of other fan amenities. Mechanical upgrades included the installation of two new chillers and a rework of the facility’s existing steam piping.
In order to complete the expansive addition and renovation within the scheduled time frame, Spence has cited the excellence of the team members’ project execution with multiple shift operations, fast-track scheduling and extensive coordination with The University of Michigan.
The building comes with a number of sustainable features such as green roofs, radiant heat in the floors, effective insulation, a high-performance building envelope, energy- and water-efficient measures throughout, glass and glazing/daylighting, contextual regional materials, as well as materials that provide optimum indoor air quality.
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The Owner made it very clear from the beginning – the NCAA Men’s Basketball season was going to start in November and the construction had to be completed. We had 10 months to perform over $50 Million in construction.
Our approach involved multiple angles – breaking up the project into hemispheres. The coordination and scheduling were the best I have ever seen in my career. We had two shifts working 6 days a week throughout the period. It was an amazing feat.
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