Washington, DC – CHA Consulting, Inc., of Albany, N.Y., has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 53rd annual Engineering Excellence Awards for designing the renovation of the Whittier Field Athletic Complex at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
The two-phase project revitalized this piece of college sports history with modern amenities, meeting Bowdoin College’s athletic and recreational needs while preserving its storied history. The initial phase replaced the grass field with artificial turf and added sports lighting, spectator seating, and a new press box.
In addition, the six-lane track was expanded to eight lanes, a prerequisite to host NCAA championship track meets. The exterior of the Hubbard Grandstand was also rehabilitated, with the metal bleachers around it removed to showcase its historic architecture and provide additional space to accommodate the wider track.
The project’s second phase continued the new seating work and added a one-story 8,780sf team/spectator support facility, which required relocating an adjacent street. The support facility houses locker, training, and equipment rooms, and spectator restrooms.
The transformed Whittier Field has a direct year-round impact on the experience of varsity athletes, their fans, and the hundreds of students who participate in club and intramural sports.