College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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to devise and execute a precise construc- tion sequencing plan that enabled the building to meet its schedule. Construc- tion of each wing began at the building's center hub and advanced each arena as separate buildings. This allowed the hockey wing to be completed prior to the basketball wing in order to meet the ECAC opening game schedule. The use of exte- rior tilt-up, precast, insulated concrete wall panels, while problematic architec- turally, did contribute to an early close-in of the building, which, in turn, allowed interior concrete footings, interior steel erection, precast stadium seating, and the complicated ice rink slab all to proceed during winter months. Opening in 2007, the TD Bank Sports Center was well received on campus and beyond. Only recently, Bob Ryan, sportswriter for the Boston Globe, trekked throughout New England searching for the best collegiate basketball arena. In his opinion Quinnipiac won hands down, beat- ing out such well-known icons as Gampel Pavilion at the University of Connecticut. Ryan wrote, "We have a clear winner. It sits on a hill in Hamden, Connecticut. On ei- ther side you'll fi nd theater seats, perfectly pitched in an oval to enjoy the action. And you ought to see the locker rooms, meeting facilities, and other stuff, for both men and women. There's none better in New England." CPM Jefferson B. Riley, a partner in Centerbrook Architects of Connecticut (www.centerbrook. com), led the fi rm's design team. SIT BACK AND RELAX. The University Club area of Quinnipiac University's TD Bank Sports Center contains a full-service bar, professional kitchen, and views of both the basketball and hockey arenas. "There's none better in New England," wrote Bob Ryan, sportswriter for the Boston Globe, when he traveled throughout New England searching for what he considered the best collegiate basketball arena. Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey called the 180,000-sq.-ft. facility "by far the largest, most ambitious, and complex construction project in Quinnipiac history." full court Action covers every athletic and multi-use floor system application. ® See our full selection of products at actionfloors.com/fullcourt Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL USA 3D BIM files online now Activity meets creativity.™ actionfloors.com/fullcourt info@actionfloors.com Call us at 800.746.3512 JUNE 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 43 PHOTOS © PETER AARON, ESTO

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