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Wednesday February 15, 2012CPPI completes demolition, begins vertical construction on West Concourse Renovation at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

With the assistance of Albert, Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) completed the initial demolition phase of the West Concourse renovation project at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (check out more photos of Albert’s work).

Now that Albert’s work is done the first phase of construction can begin this month and will continue until the project’s completion prior to the University of Florida’s football home opener against Bowling Green State University on Sept 1.

Construction will commence with a focus on the concession and kitchen areas of the West Concourse. The first step will consist of the initial installation of underground utilities for the concession and kitchen areas, followed by the installation of new concrete slabs at the concessions and crowd circulation areas. Overhead utilities that will be affected by construction will be removed and relocated as necessary. As concrete walls for the kitchen and concession areas are going up, electrical components will be installed. An outline of the various construction phases along with other information on the renovations can be found on the project page.

The West Concourse renovations will enhance the game-day experience for Gator fans and help to accommodate the crowds that routinely average over 90,000 fans in attendance for each home game. Features of the completed renovation project will include upgraded restroom facilities and lighting, crowd circulation improvements, concession areas with new food items, increased number of concession points of sale, flat screen televisions, and graphic and signage enhancements. A new feature for the West Concourse will be the addition of ceilings, including lineal lighting, vertical screening and graphics.

The functionality and aesthetic components of this project mark another chapter in the continuing legacy of “The Swamp”, building on Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s reputation as one of the elite facilities in NCAA Division I football.

Demolition services were provided by Gainesville-based firm Florida Concrete Recycling. Initial construction services will be provided by multiple local subcontractors including Vintage Electric, Taylor, Cotton & Ridley, Mike Flynn Construction and BNG Construction. CPPI maintains a commitment to the inclusion of Gainesville area businesses during all projects at the University of Florida, not only to ensure the highest quality project at the most competitive value, but also to help stimulate the local economy.

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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