Populous designs Pennsylvania stadium expansion

Images courtesy of Penn State Athletics
Populous will act as architect, alongside Aecom Hunt, Alexander and Barton Malow as construction manager on a $700m renovation of Pennsylvania’s Beaver Stadium, home of Pennsylvania State University’s American football team.

The initial $70m stage will involve maintenance, winterising and design development.

This will be followed by a complete reconstruction of the stadium’s west side, the renovation of seating and the addition of extra spaces for suites.

Built in 1960, Beaver Stadium has undergone numerous upgrades, but currently has a $200m backlog of work.

The full project is due to be completed before the 2027 football season. It will be funded by Intercollegiate Athletics, without using tuition dollars or educational budget.

A crowd of 107,000 strong watch as the No. 4 Nittany Lions’ beat the Indiana Hoosier, 45-14 in their Generation of Greatness game on Saturday Sept. 30, 2017 in Beaver Stadium. Photo by Mark Selders

Matt Schuyler, Pennsylvania State University’s board chair, said: “Beaver Stadium is a national icon and parts of the facility are more than 85 years old. This is the right time and the right approach for needed improvements and modernisation.”

Scott Mull, from Barton Malow, said: “This project has been years in the making; to renovate Beaver Stadium is a passion project for many of us. “Our team is eager to deliver a revitalised facility with fan-facing innovation and premium amenities while still honouring and preserving the legacy and traditions of Penn State football.”

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