Old Dominion University is expected to select Populous to design a renovation to Foreman Field, a decision that comes as the project moves toward a 2019 completion.
A contract still needs to be finalized, but the university has filed an intent to award notice. Should that move forward, Populous and Moseley Architects of Virginia Beach will be selected to handle the design of the Foreman Field renovation.
A 2016 study that was conducted by Populous and Moseley called for Foreman Field’s east and west stands to be demolished. New structures would be built in their place, leading to a slight seating capacity increase from 20,118 to 22,130 and new amenities such as chairback seats, and improved concessions and restrooms. The project is slated to be completed in time for the 2019 season, and comes at an estimated cost of $55 million.
Old Dominion has indicated that it might adjust some plans, as it is facing budget issues that were not foreseen at the time of the study and is working to avoid raising student fees to pay for the renovation. University officials added, however, that the firms’ familiarity with the proposal will be of help to the project. More from The Virginian Pilot:
“Does the stadium, as it was initially designed, maximize the return on $55 million investment? Are there elements that were going to be expensive in the initial design, with technology and engineering, that can be done less expensively so we can reinvest in other areas?”
Regardless, Selig said Populous is the ideal firm to design the renovation.
“They know the project, the site, the university and the community so well,” he said. “It’s such a fast-track project overall. We don’t have a lot of time to get someone up to speed on the overall project.
“They know our financial limitations for Phase 1. They are familiar with the market research and the goals of the university. They’ll work hand in hand with the construction manager to deliver a $55 million rebuild of the stadium in 2019.
Foreman Field originally opened in 1936.
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