The Rice-Eccles stadium is home to the University of Utah football team, an NCAA – Division 1 college football venue, and site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The $80 million renovation included demolishing the existing south endzone and replacing it by enclosing the bowl of the stadium, connecting the east and west concourses to the stadium end. This project also included new premium luxury suites and loge boxes, upgraded locker rooms and other operational rooms. As part of the scope, it involved moving the 2002 Olympic cauldron to a new pedestal and accompanying waterfall, served by a pool type heater and pumping system.
For the past two years, ETC Group has been involved from Design through Construction to help the owners group and project team stay on time and on budget. The project is targeting a LEED Silver certification design and took a Target Value Design approach to the design process, in which the CxA was proactively involved during weekly progress meetings between design teams, contractors, and owners. To meet the University of Utah’s carbon neutral goals for 2050, the facility was designed with water-to-water heat pumps to provide heating and cooling water to the new systems with heat rejection to a geothermal well.
The opening game at the stadium occurred on September 2nd this year. The success of the project was the result of working together with many competent partners. “Working with the mechanical and controls contractors (Archer Mechanical & Maintenance Inc. & Atkinson Electronics Inc), University of Utah, DFCM, and project teams together, the highly-anticipated opening game at the Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah was a huge success. Behind the scenes, our commissioning team helped to ensure smooth operations of the systems. We are proud to work with such a competent group of professionals,” says Scott Reynolds, ETC Group’s Commissioning Provider.
ETC is providing Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) for two years post-construction to track equipment trends and verify ongoing high-performance goals in accordance with LEED and Utah’s High-Performance Building Standards.
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