The original gymnasium at Worcester State University, built in 1958, was outdated, undersized and did not meet current NCAA standards for athletics. A new facility was designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge and W.T. Rich was selected as the construction manager. Work was conducted while the campus was actively occupied. Site work included relocating parking areas, and extensive landscaping to accommodate campus common areas on the campus on the campus.
Update outmoded facility with a two-story structure consisting of a 1,200 seat multi-purpose competition gymnasium with an elevated running track, practice gymnasium, a 9,000 square foot fitness/weight room, a 1,500 square foot training room, locker room facilities, five fitness classrooms, and a function room, a student lounge, a golf simulation room and batting cages.
Location: Worcester, MA
Contract Value: $43.9 million
Size: 100,000 SF
Type: Demolition & New Construction
Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
Designer: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Boston, MA
Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)
Awards and Honors
LEED® Gold Certification
CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
Because the work being performed was located within an active university campus, W.T. Rich was required to maintain and constantly adjust a demanding site logistics and mitigation plan to ensure all planned construction activities proceeded in the least obtrusive manner
Hazardous materials and contaminated soils added a layer of complication to the project approach. The recommended design was to remove the existing fill, which needed to be disposed of at an out-of-state landfill due to the nature of the contaminants, and added an extra layer of paperwork to satisfy the requirements of the EPA
Due to the inherently complex nature of the project, there were numerous owner-related and design-related program changes. W.T. Rich was able to respond to these changes effectively ensuring that changes were implemented quickly and cost-effectively.
W.T. Rich achieved on-time completion of the final project phase in August 2016, and final completion and closeout in November 2016. W.T. Rich delivered the project successfully – meeting project deadlines, staying on budget and earning the praise of the school for our ability to minimize the impact on the school’s educational environment.