Woolpert to expand Liberty University stadium

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A Beavercreek-based engineering firm is being tapped to help expand a college football stadium.

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. has contracted with Woolpert to renovate and expand Williams Stadium, creating new seating capacity of 25,000 for the stadium.

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Woolpert retained Odell Associates Inc. as the design architects for the stadium redevelopment, which will include a new concourse level, restrooms, concessions, a press box, a video board, utility rooms, camera platforms, perimeter road improvements and a new southern gateway entrance, Woolpert said Thursday.

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Woolpert said it’s relying on “gaming software” to visualize design options in the $30 million project.

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“The software illustrates how a design change impacts sight lines and circulation, which are two crucial aspects of stadium design,” Steve Hughes, architecture team leader for Woolpert, said in the company’s release announcing the project. “The 360-degree panoramas allow the university to see what the views would be like from various seat locations and private boxes.”

Liberty is the largest private, nonprofit university in the United States and has an enrollment of more than 110,000.

The school is expected to become a full FBS football program in time for the 2019 season.

“This project will produce a timeless, state-of-the-art facility that supports the school’s mission, purpose, achievement and growth strategies,” said Andrew Pack, Woolpert’s education and athletics practice leader. “It’s great for our team to work with this university as it strives for excellence as an elite NCAA Division I athletic program.”

With about 230 Dayton-area employees, Woolpert has about 25 offices nationwide.

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