Carefully coordinated scheduling critical to success of largest project in history of Wisconsin campus.
By Kay Kruse-Stanton
he project was like completing an enormous Rubik’s
Cube: Each activity had to be completed in turn, and
maintaining the correct sequence on schedule was
crucial to success. But this “Rubik’s Cube” took three years
to finish – at a cost of about $63.5 million: the University
of Wisconsin-River Falls’ Falcon Center for Health,
Education, and Wellness.
The project included remodeling 14,670 square feet of
the existing Hunt-Knowles Athletic complex, wrapping
that facility with a new 162,300-square-foot addition,
and completing improvements to the general area of
the athletic complex, including an artificial turf field and
a 720-stall parking lot. And all that work – remodeling
and new construction – had to be timed so that sports
and recreational activities could continue with as little
interruption as possible.
“The campus was open during the project, and the
athletic facilities were needed,” remembered Ayres