Husky Stadium Renovation Takes A Step Forward

April 27, 2007

SEATTLE - Five months ago University of Washington director of athletics Todd Turner presented a vision for the future of Husky athletics when he unveiled the findings of an athletics facility study and renderings that depicted what a renovated Husky Stadium could potentially look like.

On Thursday, the newly-formed Husky Stadium Advisory Committee conducted its first meeting to begin the next step in making this vision a reality.

The 12-member committee was appointed by UW president Mark Emmert and is chaired by former three-term state governor and United States Senator Dan Evans and is charged with developing a long-range plan for improvements to Husky Stadium.

The final plan is expected to recommend phased alternatives and funding strategies that will enable a significant amount of construction to be concurrent with the impending Sound Transit University Station. It should also take into consideration the impact of the potential SR 520 Bridge replacement project. Further, the committed is charged with recommending to Emmert and the Board of Regents a preferred scope, funding strategy, and schedule for an initial phase of improvements.

'This project to renovate Husky Stadium is a challenging assignment,' said Evans, who graduated from UW with a degree in civil engineering in 1948 and earned a master's degree a year later. 'With every passing year, it becomes increasingly evident that the repair and modernization of Husky Stadium must be a priority for the University. And, it is clear the upcoming Sound Transit project and the potential 520 Bridge construction present huge challenges for the facility and the athletics department. We have an opportunity to create a striking new stadium and that is an exciting and meaningful proposition.'

In its first meeting, the group was presented with a series of documents that outline the original facilities study, the current condition of Husky Stadium and other athletics facilities, a financial analysis, a comprehensive history of stadium renovation projects, a number of preliminary funding models and several examples of similar projects at other NCAA Division I institutions. In addition, the group reviewed the impact of the upcoming Sound Transit project on the stadium and athletics department as well as the proposed SR 520 bridge project.

In addition, the committee conducted a tour of Husky Stadium, visited with UW head football coach Tyrone Willingham and listened to a presentation by noted stadium design firm HOK Sport.

In addition to Evans and Turner, committee members include: John Connors, a venture capital executive with Ignition Partners; Ron Crockett, the president of Emerald Downs; Jenny Faubion, a student representative to the UW Board of Regents; Anne Gittinger, the chairperson of the Tyee Board of Advisors; Don James, UW's former head football coach; Rick Redman, a former UW football All-America and chairman of Sellen Construction Co.; Jon Runstad, chairman and CEO of real estate development company Wright Runstad and Company; Doug Wadden, a professor of design in the UW's school of art; Cullen White, the president of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW); and Scott Woodward, UW's vice president for external affairs.

Also consulting with the group are UW project manager for capital projects Steve Tatge and Sheri Hultgren with HOK-Sport.

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