Client: Yale University
Location: New Haven, CT
Architect/Engineer: Vincent Benic Architects
Award: Associated General Contractors of Connecticut – 2008 Build Connecticut Awards – 2nd Place Large Renovation
The historic Yale Bowl first opened in 1914 and, at the time, was one of the largest concrete structures ever built. The stadium, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had succumbed to the elements over the decades and needed a serious facelift. O&G was selected to oversee this high profile historic renovation project. In order to avoid interruptions to the football season, O&G’s pre-construction team developed a phasing plan that ensured the games would be played without delaying the project’s completion.
Among the project highlights are the restoration of the Bowl’s 30 entrance portals, retaining walls and interior concrete structure. The four-foot walkway, which encircles the stadium, was replaced with an eight-foot walkway and a new drainage system was installed. Twenty percent of the stadium’s wooden seating for 64,000 fans was replaced. O&G poured some 440,000 yards of concrete and utilized nearly 200 workers in six different construction specialties.
“The Yale Bowl is truly one of the Treasures of all of college football. As a National Historic Landmark The Bowl has played an important role in the lives of not only the Men of Yale Football but it is a valued moment in time for the close to 16 million fans who have witnessed a Yale game anywhere from 1914 to the most recent near capacity crowd on November 17, 2007. O&G Industries should be applauded for the remarkable restoration work they performed on this venerable world class facility.” – Tom Beckett, Director of Athletics, Yale University