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Associates’ Angi Goodwin, the site and civil project manager. “Keeping the facilities open for sports and athletics events on campus was a real challenge.” The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development and Management, hired Ayres Associates for design and construction services for the project. Ayres partnered with Hastings+Chivetta for the work, joining Ayres’ expertise in site design and construction administration with the Missouri-based firm’s experience in instructional facility design. Initial planning for the project – the largest in the history of the university – began in the early 1990s with an analysis pointing ou t deficiencies in the UW-RF athletic facilities. After several unsuccessful attempts to gain funding, the State of Wisconsin committed to the project as part of the 2011-13 biennial budget. ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS, STAFF, AND RESIDENTS From the start, the Falcon Center project team recognized the critical importance of scheduling. The work would affect nearly all of the university’s athletic activities, instruction for hundreds of students enrolled in Health and Human Performance program classes, students and staff, and people in the City of River Falls. And success for each portion of the three-year construction project hinged on completing tasks in turn and on schedule. “The scheduling was complex,” said UW-RF Facilities Engineer Timothy Thum. “Ayres put together a multi-phase plan that we used throughout the construction project that allowed the contractors to get their work completed and let UW-RF continue using the existing venues.” Site improvements began in summer 2014. Fields for varsity soccer and varsity football practice had to be provided for student athletes – but those fields were located right where a staging area needed to be for building construction and where the new parking lot was planned. The answer? Installing artificial turf early in the phasing at nearby Ramer Field so the facility could accommodate more student use, providing needed time so replacement fields could be constructed and grass established. The artificial turf is a versatile surface that accommodates many functions, Goodwin said. But even that project had to be coordinated with another engineering firm’s plans for reconstruction of the Ramer Field press box. Careful coordination of the work allowed the stadium to be completed on schedule. │7