Georgia State Stadium began its life as the centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In 1997, it was re-purposed and became the home of the Atlanta Braves for 19 years. When Georgia State University purchased the facility, it announced that it would become home to the University’s burgeoning football program, marking the second significant transformation in the venue’s history.
In less than six months, JE Dunn Construction orchestrated a complete transformation of the facility. In 175 days, JE Dunn created spaces that did not at all exist when the facility was known as Turner Field, including the entirety of the visitors’ sideline, where 4,411 seats were removed from other locations and relocated onto a new precast seating area. An additional 7,400 seats were removed completely. Student and band seating was installed in a new area in the north end zone, encompassing 60 benches. Areas that formerly served as the bullpen, dugouts and lower portions of the seating area were demolished.
The newly created home locker room is 55 yards long, making it one of the largest in college football. All lockers feature vents located in the storage box beneath the seat and on the bottom and back walls. Return air is fed through these slots into the plenum behind the locker and up to the return air vent and back to the air handling unit. Supply air is fed from six large vents higher up in the wall.
Each locker also features a lockable personal storage box with a power receptacle and two USB ports for charging personal devices.
The project also included many unique aspects to make it ready for NCAA FBS football, including the installation of an artificial playing surface, new, award-winning LED field lighting controlled via iPad and the conversion of three suites into TV and radio broadcasting and coaches’ box spaces.
Multiple challenges were overcome in order to deliver such an ambitious project within a very unforviging time frame that included 52 rain days. The 10-year average for the same time period was 36. Despite the design-bid-build delivery method, JE Dunn committed to collaboration from day one, meeting frequently with the design team and GSU’s facilities group to review existing conditions and ensure minimal scope gaps.