In the early 2000s, Wells (formerly Spancrete) was commissioned to work on a substantial modification to the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium. The entire bowl area was redesigned and rebuilt, with Wells providing the structural prefabricated system with risers and rakers for the stands. The modifications included three levels of precast on the south end of the field in front of the UW Field House, along with architectural formliner precast for concession and utility buildings next to the stadium, which included Badger football helmets cast into the concrete.
More recently, the University wanted a complete overhaul of the stadium's south end zone seating, which involved the replacement of the infrastructure, terrace, and concourse areas. Wells was involved early in the design process to ensure that the risers could be provided in the configuration needed, in a color that could seamlessly blend in with the existing structural precast.
The renovation involved the demolition of 6,500 bleacher seats and the top portion of the existing structural precast, with new structural floors and risers for the seating section installed by Wells. A new stair tower with architectural precast on the exterior was also added. The floors utilized Hollowcore and wet cast slabs, with the risers providing seating structure as well as supporting additional structures built on top of the prefabricated platforms for more places to view the field.
The project schedule was critical, as the project needed to be complete and ready for the season to start. Working closely with JP Cullen, the Wells team immediately began installation on the stadia risers for the new seating once the demolition was complete. The use of prefabricated concrete components was chosen for their durability, as stadiums are constantly subject to movement and shaking from the thousands of spectators, as well as the harsh Wisconsin winters.
The modifications to the south end zone significantly improve the look of the stadium, creating a more modern atmosphere. With the new options for premium seating and bar sales, the renovation will increase revenue for the University and allow for a memorable viewing experience at Camp Randall. Wells' involvement in both the original renovation and the recent overhaul demonstrates their commitment to quality, innovation, and collaboration with clients to achieve their vision.