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Renovation Encourages Fans to "Go Purple, Be Gold and Green"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
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Renovation Encourages Fans to "Go Purple, Be Gold and Green"
University of Washington
Via Green Sports Alliance

After nearly 2 years of full-scale renovations, the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium re-opened for the 2013 football season as a much greener facility, including a brand new 70,000-square-foot operations center. With an emphasis on environmental stewardship throughout the $250 million renovation, the stadium is expected to receive LEED certification for both new construction and operations and maintenance. Natural and regional materials were favored in the renovation, and existing trees and shrubs were placed in temporary locations during construction and then replanted onsite.

UW also employed Salmon-Safe accredited construction management practices during the project. The University of Washington is a Salmon-Safe certified campus and Turner Construction, the company contracted by the University for the Husky Stadium renovation, is an accredited contractor. Turner also diverted 95% of construction waste from the landfill during the renovation process. Additionally, the renovation included a partnership with local transit authorities to help redesign a bike parking system to accommodate both day-to-day and game day usage.

The University of Washington chose to prioritize waste diversion for the Husky stadium renovation. “We made the choice to start with waste diversion because we knew we could make an impact immediate, and we could engage thousands of fans. We could also measure our progress, which is crucial to success,” said Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Operations Karen Baebler. With the help of a grant from the GLAD One Bag Collective Waste Diversion Grant program, Husky Stadium teamed up with Milepost Consulting to enhance stadium operations upon reopening, under four categories with their own sets of goals and strategies: infrastructure, measuring and reporting, fan engagement, and stakeholder engagement.

In a nod to aesthetics along with sustainability in the Husky Stadium renovation, the aluminum benches from the existing stadium were saved and re-used as dink rails on the new stadium exterior. In addition, the existing football synthetic turf was carefully removed and saved for installation in a nearby public park.

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