Gill Coliseum Paint Project Moving Forward

July 20, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

Imagine the look on the clerk’s face at the local hardware store if you said – “I need 2,500 gallons of paint.” 


That’s what it is going to take to cover the 40,000-square foot exterior of legendary Gill Coliseum. 


The facelift for a building that is celebrating its 60th anniversary this winter has passed the halfway point.  The new paint scheme and other cosmetic improvements have begun with the completion date scheduled for late this year or early in 2010, according to Oregon State University assistant athletics director for facilities and operations John Cheney.


“There have been numerous discussions with athletics and university personnel on the color schemes and best way to proceed with the new look of the building,” Cheney said.  “I think Beaver Nation will be excited with the finished look and how it blends in with the other structures on the south side of campus.”


In what at times has been a nerve-wracking experience for employees inside and near Gill Coliseum, the renovation began last year with an abatement process to remove Asbestos and lead exterior paint.  The sandblasting project was recently completed.


“Unlike in the past painting projects, we completely removed the old paint down to the bare concrete,” Cheney said.  “All removal of the old paint and Asbestos met DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) standards.”


Painters are currently giving the building a solid undercoating with the detailing coming at a later date (see images).  The final look will have a four-color scheme to include grey, black, tan and brown. 


“A big part of the problem with Gill Coliseum’s exterior is that the old paint was rarely, if ever, completely removed,” Cheney added. “We are confident when this phase is completed it will hold up to the elements for a longer period of time – in fact we are using a silicon based coating that has a much longer life than traditional paint.”


In addition to the refurbished skin of the building, energy efficient windows and doors will be installed.  Included in the door replacements will be two ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) automated access doors at the east side of the building as well as two ADA ticket windows.


In all, legendary Gill Coliseum will see nearly $7 million in improvements, which also includes a state-of-the-art medical facility and new locker rooms, by spring of next year.


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