Category: Institutional
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
Masonry Used: Brick veneer and ground face concrete masonry units.
Submitted by: Rosser International, Inc.

Project Description

Founded in 1971, Liberty University is the world's largest Christian university, with over 61,000 students both on campus and off campus from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world.

Williams Football Stadium has been expanded from 12,000 to 19,200 seats and includes of a brand new five story Clubhouse and Press Box building with two 103-foot tall circulation towers. The project also incorporated an 11,000-square foot "Flames Club" pavilion, 18 luxury suites, the multi-media press box and four concession stands at the base of the structure. Seating expansion added an elevated second deck to the stadium creating a concourse and lengthening the east and west stands of the at-grade seating bowl.

The upper frame of the building is steel beam and column construction, the first floor and mezzanine level are comprised of load bearing concrete masonry units (CMU) to support the mezzanine level. The north, south and west sides of the building exterior consist of brick masonry veneer matching the Jeffersonian architecture which permeates the Liberty University campus. To brighten up the feel of the concourse under the elevated stands and give the impression of strength and stability for the Clubhouse building above, a sandy grey ground faced concrete masonry block with light grout was used.

The two circulation towers each house a double elevator shaft and exit stair. The original design included precast panels for the shafts. However, a decision was made to revise the design to utilize a 12" structural CMU to expedite construction and forego the need and cost of a large crane to lift panels into place on such a tight site with the adjacent soccer field. Due to the weather, schedule was impacted by almost a month. This process allowed the project to finish on time and within budget.

The exterior of the towers are brick veneer with a series of reveals at the base of the building up to the Club Level. The brick pilasters along the base of the building also have a series of reveals to break up the expanse of masonry on such a large structure. At the Club Level and above, the circulation towers have large insets with arches at the top; there are three stepped soldier course arches with true compression bearing stepped radii in lieu of radiused steel lintels.

The balance of the first floor and mezzanine level walls that are not exposed to the concourse are painted CMU for areas such as the rear and side concession stand walls, the utility spaces, and the main concourse restrooms. Finally, interface of the floor into the face of the masonry was accomplished using structural steel lintel beams. The beams were placed in the block as if they were masonry units, allowing the tower to progress straight up.

The cost for the the project was $13.7 million. Construction began in January of 2010 and was completed in September 2010 in time for the opening home game of the fall football season.

Project Participants

Owner: Liberty University

  • Architect/Desinger: Fred Krenson, Rosser International, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: John Bumgardner, Rosser International, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Heather Bowman, Branch and Associates, Inc.
  • Masonry Contractor: Greg Booth, Batt Masonry, Inc.
  • Masonry Supplier: Pine Hall Brick Company, Inc.