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Following the 2013 completion of Phase 2 of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan, Mortenson Construction and joint-venture partner GE Johnson Construction celebrated another success at Kansas State University with the early / under-budget completion of Phase 3 on July 30, 2015, a mere seven months after the project began.

The structure that housed Wildcat football operations since 1972 was demolished in three weeks to make way for the new $65 million Vanier Family Football Complex, a facility that’s twice the size of it’s predecessor, with a new locker room, weight room, video room, and a new academic center for student-athletes. The fan experience is enhanced with additional seating, a new party deck, videoboard, and a wider concourse on the north side of the stadium.

Other factors contributing to the success of the project include:

  • Integrated project delivery: The entire project team (K-State Athletics, Mortenson | GE Johnson, Populous, and the design consultants) worked together from day one focusing on common goals, full cost transparency to project stakeholders, and target value design.
  • Advanced Use of VDC: The team leveraged advanced VDC technologies throughout the project to enhance planning, decision-making, collaboration, coordination, and prefabrication.
    • 4D models (created by linking the 3D computer models to time) were utilized during the best value trade partner selection process to ensure every contractor visually understood their scope(s) of work thereby improving pricing and planning.
    • Virtual reality technology was used to verify the layout and aesthetics of the final product.
  • Implementation of lean techniques: Lean principles such as daily POD (Plan of the Day) Meetings, Pull-Planning, Last Planner, and Just in Time were utilized to increase productivity and speed of delivery.
  • Use of prefabrication and off site assembly: The team utilized precast foundation walls in lieu of traditional cast-in-place; exterior walls were fully constructed on the ground in large sections and flown into place in lieu of traditional stick framing; and all ductwork, conduit, and piping was fabricated off site. Even the lockers were built offsite and assembled in the field.


The processes, tools and technology that Mortenson | GE Johnson leveraged to make this project successful were world-class. But perhaps more importantly were the human elements that were delivered daily throughout the entire process as Mortenson | GE Johnson created a positive atmosphere, were exceptional listeners and communicators, showcased a deep understanding of our vision, and operated like an extension of our Athletic Department. These qualities allowed us to continue toward our vision of Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program and reaching our goals of providing a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12.

Clint Dowdle, Chief of Staff and Associate Athletic Director for Administration, K-State Athletics


Regional Best Projects Winner (Sports) - ENR Mountain States, 2016


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