Pitches to construct USF’s proposed on-campus football stadium present a glimpse into the most important unknown surrounding the Bulls’ long-awaited facility: value.
The proposal by design/building agency AECOM Hunt pegged building prices at $350 million. The MA Mortenson Company assumed building would complete $300 million.
Those numbers are literal ballpark estimates, not binding quotes. But USF officers have stated virtually nothing about a price range for the undertaking, which makes these tough figures noteworthy — though they arrive from rejected bids.
USF introduced earlier this month that it is finalizing negotiations with the third and ultimate partnership that submitted a proposal, Populous and Barton Malow. Their proposal listed the development price range as “TBD.”
That is sensible for the way the Bulls are pursuing the undertaking. They first wish to meet with designers and others on campus and locally to establish the particular wants and needs for a 35,000-seat stadium simply north of the present observe fields.
That’s additionally the method outlined by Barton Malow and Populous. They stated they will maintain workshops with stakeholders and others “to totally perceive USF’s targets” early within the design part. From there, they will estimate prices earlier than producing a assured most value.
Although the full greenback determine stays unclear, the proposals — obtained by the Tampa Bay Times via an open information request — present a few concrete monetary particulars.
Populous and Barton Malow proposed $20.1 million in structure and engineering design charges and $546,000 in pre-construction charges. Both figures have been the bottom within the course of. The partnership additionally had the bottom payment for overhead and revenue (2.3%). The subsequent lowest was 3.95%.
Populous and Barton Malow additionally count on to have 25% of the undertaking go to companies owned by ladies, minorities or veterans. That exceeds USF’s aim (13-20%).
Fans searching for new renderings or particular concepts will not discover much within the proposals. Rather, the 170 mixed pages look extra like detailed enterprise resumes and are peppered with certifications, letters from insurance coverage firms and group charts.
“Our dedication to the University of South Florida is to ship the perfect assets on your On Campus Stadium Project,” the Barton Malow/Populous pitch reads. “This crew will be … led by knowledgeable designers and builders who will leverage their expertise delivering comparable services to create a one-of-a-kind, uniquely USF stadium.”
Their expertise is in depth. In the previous 5 years, Barton Malow has constructed $1 billion in Florida sports activities venues, finishing spring coaching complexes for the Braves, Tigers and Mets and renovating Daytona International Speedway and Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Populous payments certainly one of his crew members as the one architect to design three new school football stadiums (Colorado State, Baylor and Minnesota).
Populous and one other agency within the proposal, Tampa’s RR Simmons, did a wave of upgrades at USF a dozen years in the past that included new stadiums for baseball, softball and soccer. Add in one other associate, Tampa’s DuCon Construction, and the proposal touts $2 billion in Tampa Bay building tasks within the final decade.
“Our proposal is tailor-made to ship a defining piece of USF’s future that unites its fan base, whereas attracting recruits and offering world-class services for student-athletes to coach, compete, and develop,” Barton Malow undertaking govt Len Moser wrote within the group’s letter of curiosity.
The Bulls haven’t detailed how they intend to pay for the nine-figure stadium, however board of trustees chairperson Will Weatherford stated USF will “get actually inventive.” Populous stated it makes use of analysis on fan conduct to “create areas that produce a excessive return on funding at each value level” and that its different stadiums have led to file donations, elevated sponsorships and “year-round income.”
USF is predicted to complete negotiating with Populous and Barton Malow within the subsequent week or two, topic to approval from the board of trustees. The design part — anticipated to final 12-18 months — will start after that.
The Bulls intend to maneuver from Raymond James Stadium to campus for the beginning of the 2026 season.
Times employees author Jay Cridlin contributed to this report.
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