Dec. 12, 2012
When Washington State University students, staff and faculty return from the holiday break they will see changes around Martin Stadium in preparation for the construction of the Football Operations Building. We hope the below FAQ as well as the Pedestrian Access Map will assist the campus community in navigating safely around the project during construction.
Q: I hear we are going to start another Martin Stadium project. I thought we were through with construction in this area. What is the new project?
A: The renovations of Martin Stadium include two separate projects. The first project, called the "Press Box and Premium Seating Project", replaced the old press box on the south stands with a new structure that includes a new press box, club seats, loge boxes, luxury suites and a club room. This project is completed. The second project, to be constructed at the west end of Martin Stadium, will be a new Football Operations Building. This building will provide a home for the Cougar football program, including new weight, locker, equipment and training rooms for players, in addition to meeting rooms, classrooms, and coaches' offices. It will also feature a WSU Football heritage area and a game-day home for Gray W former letter winners.
Q: Will the Student Rec activities currently housed in the Hollingbery Annex be affected? If so, how?
A: The Hollingbery Annex will be demolished as part of this project. Student Rec activities will be relocated. Renovated racketball courts 54, 55, and 57 in the PE Building will share courts with academic departments; courts will be scheduled for Student Rec use. A new squash court will be constructed in PE Building 51 and will also be scheduled for Student Rec use. Fencing courts will be striped in Smith Gym 117. This gym will be shared with academic departments and scheduled for Student Rec use. Classes currently scheduled in Hollingbery Annex 201 will be accommodated in Smith 115 and 215. Men's Crew Club rowing practice will be accommodated in renovated spaces in Hollingbery Fieldhouse 401 and 408. The Outdoor Rec program will be temporarily accommodated in the Tennis Clubhouse. A new temporary facility will be constructed at the northeast end of the tennis courts parking lot, across N. Fairway Rd. from the Student Rec. Center, which will house the Outdoor Rec. program and the bicycle shop until permanent facilities can be built. A new climbing wall will be constructed in the Student Rec. Center in the spring of 2013.
Q: Is the renovation work on the south side of Martin Stadium completed?
Q: What is the status of the architectural design for the new west side Football Operations Building project?
A: Design is complete.
Q: What will it look like? Can I see the drawings?
A: Yes. Exterior and interior perspective drawings are available for review HERE
Q: Has the new Football Operations Building project been approved by the Board of Regents?
A: Yes. At its November 16, 2013 meeting, the Board of Regents approved moving forward with the construction phase of this project.
Q: I usually walk to class from the north side of Colorado St. to the CUB elevator tower by walking through the alleyway between Hollingbery Annex and Bohler Gymnasium, then between Martin and Rogers Fields. Will this pathway remain open? If not, how will I get to class and back? Will the temporary pedestrian pathway between Colorado St. and the CUB elevator tower be handicapped-accessible?
A: To ensure the safety of campus pedestrians, it of paramount importance that pedestrians and vehicular traffic at the construction zone are kept completely separate. During construction, pedestrians will walk from Colorado Street between Bohler Gym and the PE Building to a temporary fenced pathway through the middle of Rogers Field, then east to the CUB elevator tower. The accessible route will access the walkway south of Bohler and PE Building via Bohler (or PE Building), using an elevator to Level 1, then taking the bridge to the walkway. An accessible path mat will be laid over the Rogers Field turf and maintained, including snow removal. Click HERE for a map showing pedestrian access around the construction site.
Q: Will I be able to get into and out of Bohler Gym on the east side of the building?
A: No. Construction activities in the alleyway between Boehler and Hollingbery will prohibit pedestrian access. Emergency exits from the east side of Boehler will be maintained, but will be used for emergency egress only. Alarms will sound if these exist are used. Click HERE for a map showing pedestrian access around the construction site.
Q: Will the athletics, academic and student recreation programs be able to use the Rogers and Martin play fields while construction is going on?
A: Yes. Martin Stadium and the west half of Rogers Field will be available for normal play and practice use. Click HERE for a map showing pedestrian access around the construction site.
Q: When will construction on the new Football Operations Building project begin and end?
A: The most pressing issue of the new Football Operations Building project is to make sure it is ready for summer practice before the 2014 season. Planning and other preliminary work is currently underway. During Christmas break, site fencing will be erected and then, contractors' mobilization and other preparatory work will commence. Demolition of the Hollingbery Annex will be scheduled next, to open access to the building construction site. The remainder of the Football Operations Building project will be completed in time for 2014 summer football practice.
Q: Will the 2013 football season be affected by construction activities?
A: Slightly. The contractor will schedule construction activities around football games and attendant activities. Safe, fenced pathways will route home and visitor teams to Martin Stadium, and field access will be tightly scheduled. West end zone seating will not be available for this season. The corporate tents will be available for use for the 2013 season and will be located on the west practice (Rogers) field.