Location: Detroit, Michigan
Project Type: Permanent Press Box
Project Size: 2,052 SQ. FT.
- Covered Entry & film Deck provides weather protection
- Private coach’s area (home and opposing)
- Ample work surfaces and outlet access at media viewing area
- 25% Faster than traditional construction methods
Wayne State’s grandstand was built in the late 1960s, as was their press box. The press box was deemed temporary until the late 1990s when strong winds and accumulating age turned temporary into unusable. With a growing athletics program, the school wanted a facility that would reflect positively on their programs, building pride in students and presenting a strong face to
recruits. The school obtained bids for a site-built structure and immediately suffered “sticker shock”.
By chance, Wayne State requested a bid from an architectural firm that was familiar with modular, prefabricated commercial structures. The prefab price was within the school’s budget, so the project proceeded. And it went forward quickly: from the first support beams going up to the ribbon cutting ceremony - a mere two weeks passed. The two-story building features almost 1,600 sq. ft. of space with a Presidential suite, ample room for the press, areas for opposing coaches, and rooms for cameramen and scoreboard operators.