UT-Austin Issues RFQs for A/E team, Construction Manager for $140M Stadium Expansion
by Adolfo Pesquera
Austin (Travis County) – The University of Texas at Austin has issued a Request for Qualifications for Architect/Engineer services for a $140 million renovation to the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
In addition, UT-Austin has issued a Request for Qualifications for a Construction-Manager-at-Risk for the same project.
During a pre-submittal conference for architects and engineers held Tuesday morning at the stadium, Michael Uyeda, associated director of Capital Planning and Construction, said the stadium had not undergone a major renovation in more than 20 years. The main objectives of the renovation are to remove the existing South End Zone’s metal structure and replace it with a multi-story concrete end zone.
The selected team must almost perform a remodeling of the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, which includes coaches’ offices and training facilities for Longhorn athletes.
A second pre-submittal conference will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m. for those firms interested in the CMAR RFQ. Of the $140 million estimated for Total Project Cost, there is a construction cost limit of $100 million.
UT-Austin project intermediaries Arthur Johnson, (left), Michael Uyeda, and Merrick Mycue discuss the South End Zone project with attending architects and engineers. Photo credit: Adolfo Pesquera.
The South End Zone bleachers are to be replaced, as is the existing $8 million video display commonly referred to as the “Godzillatron.”
The A/E RFQ states, “This project is part of Texas Athletics’ ongoing efforts to expand and upgrade their current facilities to provide the best facilities and services for their student athletes, fans, and staff, with a critical eye to the latest in student athlete safety, well-being, and rehabilitation.”
Texas Athletics proposes the installation of new exclusive suites, clubs, open air concourses, restroom facilities, new coaches offices, a banquet kitchen, Loge, and student seating, private game-day parking, branding graphics, Longhorn Network areas, Sports Medicine/Nutrition areas, hydrotherapy, and other support spaces.
Uyeda said the A/E should expect to design according to LEED Silver standards. He also noted that the design must take into account any height restriction in place because of the capitol view corridor.
The project will involve the South End Zone and the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center (highlighted in orange). Image: Google Maps.
Merrick Mycue, assistant athletic director, told those attending the Tuesday meeting that it is the university’s ambition to create one of the premier stadium expansions in the nation.
“When we’re done, we want competitors to come up to us wanting to know how we did it,” Mycue said.
Gary Hampton, the director of UT-Austin’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program, said the target for this project is 23.7 percent HUB participation.
About 40 architects and engineers attending the Tuesday pre-submittal meeting. Some of the firms represented were Architectural Engineers Collaborative, AG&E Structural Engenuity, Atkins, Datacom Design Group, DLR Group, Encotech, Flintco, Fugro, Garza EMC, H2mg LLC, Harrison Kornberg Architects, Heery International, Heldenfels Enterprises, HKS Architects, HNTB, Jose I. Guerra Inc., Marmon Mok Architecture, Martinez Moore Engineers, Mint Engineering, O’Connell Robertson, Populous, Project Control, Shah Smith & Associates, Smith & Company Architects, Walter P Moore, WSP USA.
UT-Austin is in the process of developing a Feasibility Study and Framework Plan. Uyeda said this “definition phase” must be approved by the Board of Regents and added to the Capital Improvement Program concurrent with the A/E selection process. However, he added that the process is on a fast track.
The Feasibility Study and Framework Plan will be modified by the selected A/E to develop a Facilities Program document which will be shared with the selected Construction Manager at Risk, the CMAR’s RFQ states.
Respondents to the A/E RFQ have until May 3 to submit their qualifications packages. The responses will be short-listed to as many five companies on May 7 and interviews will be conducted May 18.
On the CMAR RFQ, responses are due May 7 and firms will be short-listed May 16.
On May 29, the owner will receive Request For Proposals from the firms advancing to the short list.
An A/E contract is to be executed by June 12. The board will approve schematic design documents Aug. 13; the Design Development Documents on Feb. 27, 2019; and the Guaranteed Maximum Price March 5.
The A/E team is to issue construction documents in two packages. Package #1 will go out May 1, 2019 and include abatement, demolition, foundations, utilities, and long lead items. Package #2 will go out Aug. 1, 2019 and include the superstructure, MEP, and finishes.
The Board of Regents will not approve construction documents until Aug. 23. The Notice to Proceed with Package #1 is anticipated to take place June 19, and Package #2 moves forward Aug. 22, 2019.
Texas Athletics expects the project to reach substantial completion by July 28, 2021. The construction manager shall achieve final completion by Sept. 3, 2021.
Michael Uyeda and Merrick Mycue take architects and engineers on a tour of the football field and athletic center. Photo credit: Adolfo Pesquera.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.