Hawkins Construction completed the very popular Rasmussen Center in 2012, and it quickly became one of the most highly used facilities in the Creighton sports venue village, which includes the Ryan Center/DJ Sokol Arena (another Hawkins project). At a cost of nearly $10 million, the 50,000 SF athletic complex consists of a suspended two-lane running track over a multipurpose indoor field house with synthetic turf and 60-foot-high ceilings. There is also a 4,300 SF weight and cardio room, Wii Fit station, TRX core fitness equipment, locker rooms, juice bar, and two bottom-lift batting/golf cages.
The building was funded entirely by donations and named after Creighton’s Athletics Director, Bruce Rasmussen. The facility is a huge benefit to the students who participate on intramural teams and athletic teams – and at Creighton, 75 percent of students participate in these activities. Before the complex was built, the existing facilities were extremely crowded during the winter months.
Hawkins made student access a priority during construction and worked closely with Creighton personnel to reduce the impact of the construction as much as possible. The adjacent alley and sidewalks were kept open during the project to accommodate students and soccer fans.
The new structure is a pre-engineered metal building with metal roofing and side panels, with an exterior facade of architectural brick and metal panels. The interior has glass curtain walls and includes structural steel to support the second-floor workout facility. The deep foundations are Geo Piers, which are constructed of compacted limestone rather than concrete. This material selection allowed construction to proceed faster while reducing the overall project cost.
The athletic complex’s field turf is laid over an aggregate material. The depth of this underlying aggregate has very tight tolerances. Hawkins graded the aggregate to precise elevations before installing turf and readying the field for sports activities. Heavy rains that occurred during this time compressed the schedule, but by working 12-hour days and weekends, Hawkins made up time and the entire project was completed as scheduled.
During installation of the suspended track rubber flooring, Hawkins noticed color irregularities. The material supplier was contacted immediately and replacement material was ordered for priority delivery. Again, by working weekends to complete this task, the schedule was not delayed. Hawkins’ commitment to quality and timeliness also ensured that this project was completed under budget, despite these challenges.
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