Kawneer Products Score on Renovated Michigan Stadium

Fans of the University of Michigan’s Wolverines were welcomed into the 2010 Football Season with a newly renovated stadium featuring several high-performance products from Kawneer Company, Inc., an Alcoa business The stadium, known as “The Big House,” seats more than 108,000 people and is currently the largest college-owned stadium in the United States.

The 400,000-square-foot project includes the addition of two 530-foot-long multi-story structures on both the east and west sides of the stadium. These additions include fan amenities, restrooms and concessions, guest suites, club seats and press facilities. To improve access and safety, one new concourse was added on both sides of the stadium. Other renovations included widening aisles and seats for comfort and safety, adding handrails and impaired mobility fan seating.

Michigan-based glazing contractors Curtis Glass Co. and Lansing Glass Co. were selected to glaze the project.

“With such a large undertaking it was crucial for everyone on the team – from the architects and contractor to product representatives – to have good communication,” says Ron Van Horn, Vice President of Lansing Glass Co. of Lansing, Michigan. “Having worked with Kawneer before, we knew they would be helpful at the building site when we needed it most.”

“As people approach the stadium from the exterior they will see that it has been transformed to what most would interpret as a coliseum feel. The placement of our 1600 Wall System®1 curtain wall units in the brick punched openings around the perimeter was key to the design strategy,” says Gerry Portelli, Kawneer territory sales manager. “On the field side, the segmented and inverted sloping 1600 Wall System®2 curtainwall helps to update the stadium with a fresh new look and modern appeal as it provides a clean glass façade for the owners’ added floor space.”

The work was phased over two football seasons during times when traffic was minimal. The $226 million project was funded through private donations.