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September 19th / 2019


Stewart’s Interdisciplinary Approach Helps Transform Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Time for the 2019/2020 season!

Stewart played a pivotal role in the southside renovation of East Carolina University’s (ECU) Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, now complete in advance of the 2019/2020 football season. Our firm provided special inspection and structural engineering services for the project, helping to design and implement the stadium upgrades that will enhance the fan experience and create an unparalleled environment for Pirate fans.

Stewart collaborated with ECU and key partners to support the renovation of several sections of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. These upgrades include the new TowneBank Tower, which creates 1,000 additional seats through the addition of a new club level, loge boxes, standard suites and founder’s suites. Townebank Tower also hosts a state-of-the-art media space where ECU football television and radio broadcasters can enjoy upgraded technology and comfort at every home game. Additionally, as part of the southside renovations, our geotechnical and construction services and structural engineering practices participated in the renovation of the adjacent Ward Building, where the Reid Locker Rooms and Ward Field House now boast amenities including hydrotherapy pools for athletes.

Looked to as a strategic partner to the university throughout the design and construction process, our unique approach to interdisciplinary collaboration was pivotal in the project’s progress and supporting the demanding delivery schedule. Our construction services team completed thousands of inspections starting with the auger-cast pile foundation system through the topping out of the structure’s steel frame. Many of these tests were skillfully and efficiently performed at significant heights, all to offer premium hospitality for fans. We also conducted many other special inspections including cast-in-place concrete, structural load bearing precast concrete, structural masonry and cold-formed steel framing.

In coordination with T.A. Loving and Frank L. Blum Construction, the joint venture general contractors, and LS3P, the architect-of-record, Stewart has helped bring the new stadium to life.

“Our interdisciplinary approach, expertise and the close collaboration with our partners contributed to the safe, efficient and timely success of this project,” said Gregory Holmes, PE, associate vice president at Stewart and the project’s special inspector-of-record. “The size of, and excitement around, these renovations made this project special, and we’re looking forward to kicking off the football season alongside 50,000 Pirate fans in the renovated Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.”

We are honored that our work can be seen across ECU’s campus as the firm has played important roles in the university’s new student center and Gateway Residence Hall, which replaced Belk Hall, as well as Proximity at 10th, a luxury off-campus student apartment community that will open in the fall of 2019 just steps from campus.

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