September 24, 2012 9:15 PM
New Wave staff
Tulane’s new on-campus stadium has been redesigned with less height on the western side, a significant design change made in response to community input gathered at three forums this summer. The side facing Audubon Boulevard will now rise only 38 feet instead of 48 feet.
The reduction means the stadium’s west wall will be lower than the Reily Student Recreation Center, which also borders that same west side. The revision was one of several design changes unveiled at a community forum on Tulane’s campus on Monday night (Sept. 24).
In addition, the concession area has been moved farther away from homes, also at neighbors’ request. The press box has been moved from the end zone to overlook the center of the field.
Members of the stadium’s architectural and construction team addressed more than 100 attendees. Bill LeCorgne, a vice president of Woodward Design+Build, discussed measures to minimize the impact of construction on the neighborhood. He also presented a video that shows how a ring road, located where the field will be, will allow construction to proceed twice as quickly.
Presenters assured the audience that experts will gather baseline pre-construction data and special instruments will surround the site to measure vibrations, as is customary for all campus projects that border residential areas.
Tulane President Scott S. Cowen also updated the crowd on the status of negotiations with the city of New Orleans on an agreement that will provide a framework for how the facility will be operated. Cowen said significant progress has been made, and he expects it should be finished in a matter of weeks. Mayor Mitch Landrieu intends to review the document with community representatives.
Tulane officials assured the crowd that no building permits will be applied for until the agreement with the city is confected. “We anticipate construction will begin in January 2013, and we do not believe this will delay our scheduled opening for the 2014 football season,” said Yvette Jones, executive vice president for university relations.
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