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Thursday January 5, 2012CPPI Partners with UAA for West Concourse Renovation at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) started demolition and renovations of the West Concourse at the University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Dec. 5, 2011, to improve the game day experience for Florida Gator Football fans.

Guests and fans will immediately notice West Concourse’s new features, including enhanced restroom facilities, better overall lighting, improved crowd circulation, and wider concessions with more points of sale, including new food items not previously offered in the stadium.

Flat screen televisions, new graphics and way finding signage, redesigned ceilings, and the use of high-end finishes along with brighter colors are just a few of the improvements fans will experience in the West Concourse.

“CPPI is honored to be selected by the University Athletic Association (UAA) to complete the West Concourse renovation,” said CPPI chief executive officer and project principal John V. Carlson. “It’s a challenging project, but an important one; naturally we’re very proud to be a part of the improvements to the stadium.”

As a design/build project, RDG Design is playing an influential role in the stadium renovation process, along with CPPI and the UAA. The design task was unique as the stadium’s role has changed over the years. The stadium has become much more than a place for home football games. The facility is visited by more than 1.2 million people each year, and the West Concourse renovations will enhance visitor’s experiences while continuing to tell the story of Gator football.

“Florida fans are the best in the country,” said Chip Howard, Senior Associate Athletics and Internal Affairs Director at the University of Florida UAA. “This project is about improving the stadium experience for the fans who have so generously supported the Gators over the years.”

The West Concourse, as with other construction projects at the University of Florida, will be renovated in accordance with industry-leading sustainability initiatives that have become an integral part of CPPI’s corporate values. The firm has a history of delivering sustainable projects at UF, including the James W. "Bill" Heavener Football Complex completed in 2008.

“The Heavener Football Complex was the first LEED Platinum building in the State of Florida and the first LEED Platinum athletic facility in the United States,” said Carlson. “CPPI is a partner with the University and the UAA, and share their commitment to sustainable design and construction practices.”

In addition to the Heavener Football Complex, CPPI served as construction manager for UF’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium SkyBox Expansion, the Ring Tennis Complex, and the state-of-the-art Basketball Practice Facility.

The West Concourse renovation will utilize a “fast-track” design-build construction method, and will be complete prior to the Sept. 1, 2012 home opener against Bowling Green.

“This project is unique because the schedule is very challenging,” said Howard. “We must be ready prior to game day and CPPI has delivered projects for us on time with similar schedule demands.”

Fans can see progress photos and special sneak peeks of the new West Concourse by visiting the dedicated project page.

About Charles Perry Partners, Inc.
Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) is one of Florida’s leading general contractors, construction managers and design-builders. Since 1968, the firm has established a tradition of excellence by providing an impressive array of services for public and private sector clients. CPPI’s services cover a wide range, including project planning and modeling, budget estimating and cost management, project scheduling and construction. The firm is a leader in sustainability and dedicated to the communities in which it serves. For more information, please visit CPPI’s website, follow CPPI on Twitter, or call 800-591-CPPI.


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