Durham, NH – Construction is currently under way at the Wildcat Stadium on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire. The overall scope of the project includes development of a 34,907gsf interior and 52,908gsf exterior for the new stadium. As much seating and amenities as possible fit in a compact site bound by the existing field and College Woods. Ledge slopes from one side of the footprint to the other, requiring the use of both spread footings and pile foundations.
The exterior of the stadium features architectural ground face and split face block, custom sills, and Omni Block (a patented insulated masonry wall system), all manufactured by Genest Concrete of Sanford, Maine. Because this facility is part indoor and part outdoor, there are many steel penetrations in the thermal envelope. This thermal bridging was mitigated with the use of thermal break pads. Classic waterstruck brick and standing seam gable roofs make this unique stadium right at home on this New Hampshire campus.
One unique aspect of the new facility is that visitors enter underneath the videoboard, walk along a sweeping path, over a dramatic 90-ft. bridge, and find themselves right next to the concessions on the main concourse. One level up, the exclusive Victory Club offers 500-plus exterior seats for viewing a game, a function area overlooking the woods beyond, floor-to-ceiling glass towards the field, and large outdoor patios. The top level has continuous views of the field for the press and coaches, and three dedicated platforms for broadcasting cameras at home on this New Hampshire campus.
The project is scheduled to be completed prior to the first home football game in September.
Owner: The University of New Hampshire
Architect: Lavalleee Brensinger Architects.
Desig-builder: PC Construction Company
Stadium consultant: Populous
Structural engineer: Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates,
MEP/FP engineer: Yeaton Associates,
Food service consultant: Food Service Design
AV/IT consultant: Wrightson Johnson Haddon & Williams
Geotechnical engineer: S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc.
Code consultant: Howe Engineers.