Clemson University | Allen N. Reeves Football Complex
Clemson, S.C.   
Award of Merit

Owner: Clemson University
Lead Design Firm: Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc.
Sports Design Consultant: HOK
General Contractors: DPR Construction; Sherman Construction
Civil Engineer: GMC
Structural Engineer: MMSA Inc.
MEP Engineer: RMF Engineering

Built in 13 months, Clemson University’s $55-million Allen N. Reeves Football Complex features a locker room with 25,000 sq ft of weight-training space and 50-person lunge and hydrotherapy pools.

The facility also includes a dining area; X-ray suite; an “outdoor village” complete with sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, miniature golf and an outdoor kitchen; coaches offices; conference spaces; and other amenities.

One major challenge included the site’s shallow, 3-ft-deep water table, which affected design and construction of the 10-ft-deep hydrotherapy pools. The project team worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to mitigate the water table’s impact on the project.

Contractors completed construction two weeks ahead of schedule.

The complex also won an award of merit for its safety performance. The project team implemented a number of safety measures, such as laying down a graded aggregate base that created a safer walking environment for the crew and installing a tent to serve as a break area that would shelter workers from intense South Carolina summer heat. Additionally, by installing the structural steel quickly, the site’s canopy was able to be installed sooner, providing more shade during work hours.

The team also held daily, weekly and quarterly safety briefings and hosted safety stand-downs to remind crew members to remain alert and create a safe work environment.

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