Wofford College Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
Award of Merit
Owner: Wofford College
Lead Design Firm: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
General Contractor: Robins & Morton
Civil Engineer: Blackwood Associates Inc.
Structural Engineer: Britt, Peters & Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer: RMF Engineering
The design of Wofford College’s Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium seeks to reflect college basketball’s history while at the same time offering a set of impressive technological innovations.
Scheduling and installing the facility’s audio/visual system proved to be one of the contractor’s biggest challenges. General contractor Robins & Morton opted to self-perform the $7-million worth of AV work, which included the installation of four 16-ft by 24-foot scoreboards. “We’ve never done anything to that scale,” said Tyler Paul, a Robins & Morton superintendent. One factor impacting the installation was a late switch to a newer model video board, which required some redesign work.
Managing the timing and sequencing for the installation of the facility’s two massive “super trusses”—each measuring 180 ft long and 20 ft tall—along with beam roof supports also proved a major feat for the construction team.
Trade contractors adhered to Robins & Morton’s Four Tenets of Building Forward—collaboration, continuous improvement, leadership development and building a learning culture—which is the contractor’s own adaptation of Lean methodology. The team showed such mastery of the program that Robins & Morton recognized the project as a Center of Excellence.
Additionally, project team members participated in service-driven activities with the Carolinas Miracle League and career counseling with local high school students.