Rosendin

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Project Summary

The $315M LA Memorial Coliseum project was completed at the end of 2019 and restored the 96-year-old stadium to its former glory, as well as modernize the facility. The historic stadium opened in 1923 and is home to the USC Trojans and has served as a host venue for the 1932 and 184 Summer Olympics; it will once again host the Summer Olympics in the upcoming 2028 games. The renovation will provide seats for 77,500 including luxury boxes and club suites. To date, the project has logged more than 200,000 labor hours with 30% of the work performed by local craft workers. The field has been renamed United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In addition to the new name, the project included replacing all of the seats, new suites and concession stands, upgraded entryways and video screens, replacing electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems and installing new field and stadium lighting.

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

$315 million renovation to historic LA Memorial coliseum.

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Client
USC CCD/FMS
General Contractor
Hathaway Dinwiddie/Hunt Joint Venture
Duration
25 Months
Budget
$29 Million
Size
230,000 SF

Case Study

Much of Los Angeles is outsize, and people like it that way. The L.A. Memorial Coliseum, home to USC football and - temporarily - the Los Angeles Rams, is an excellent case in point.

The outdoor sports stadium has long occupied a spot in the Los Angeles skyline, completed in 1923 as a memorial to Los Angeles veterans of WWI. It holds the distinction of being one of just a handful of National Historic Landmarks in Los Angeles and, in 2028, will become the only stadium in the world to have hosted the Olympics three times. It earned its national landmark status in 1984, the day before the opening ceremony of the second Olympics to take place on its field. When the University of Southern California took over the master lease of the historic Coliseum in 2013, they began planning for an extensive renovation and remodeling project. While the structure has been renovated several times over its nearly 100 years, the most recent update at that point was about 20 years prior, in response to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Beneath the facade, the technology was severely in need of an update.

The $315 million renovation project required a team of architects, engineers, and integrators to construct a brand-new, seven-story tower without alteration to the historic veneer. The renovation also needed to deliver a complete modernization of technology, including LED ribbon boards, a new sound system, stadium-wide Wi-Fi, two new large-screen video displays, and an updated scoreboard, and modernization of all lighting, plumbing, and electrical systems. The facility has played host to the Olympics, the World Series, and multiple Super bowls; countless political dignitaries and pop culture icons have graced its field. But with the third Los Angeles-area Olympics slated for 2028, the stadium needed a complete rethink of premium space, including the addition of the 3,000-seat, seven-story Scholarship Club Tower at midfield- plus, an additional 235,000 square feet of space incorporated into the existing bowl.

On Aug. 24, 2019, crowds filed into the new stadium, and longtime fans certainly noticed the improved experience the technology upgrades provide, even if they couldn't put their finger on precisely what seemed better. And the team at Rosendin was breathing sighs of relief that somehow, despite the challenges and setbacks, they had pulled off one for the ages.

Project Challenges
Project Schedule
Historic Site
Scope Changes
Rosendin Solution
  • Project owners wanted to preserve the look of historic outside elements but integrate as much technology as possible within the space to elevate the user guest experience and streamline operations.
  • The timeline was the biggest challenge. As the Coliseum currently plays host to two different football teams (USC Trojans and L.A. Rams), renovation work needed to be completed in time for the 2019 football season. Construction took place over about 18 months.
  • The value engineering (V.E.) process ended up reducing the amount of equipment by centralizing most of the hardware and removing some equipment rooms.
  • To accelerate the onsite workflow, Rosendin emphasized prefabrication where possible, as well as opening, pre-kitting, and labeling install packages off-site. Advance preparation allowed the team to Q.C. and monitor shortages, saving time and money.

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