The recent expansion of Stonehill’s Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, designed by Sasaki Associates and built by BOND Brothers Construction, received the Best New Construction (under $20 million) Award from the Construction Management Association of America New England Chapter (CMAA) at its 22nd annual awards ceremony on April 19.
During the presentation of the award, which was presented to representatives from Bond and to Stonehill President Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., the project was noted for using innovative technology that involved laser scanning and 3-D modeling, BIM360 Field Software for quality control, and a collaborative approach that allowed the project to be completed in 433 calendar days and within budget.
The new addition to the Sports Complex, named in honor of former Stonehill President Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. '78, added 50,000 square feet to the original building for athletics, health, fitness and exercise.
The comprehensive facility provides room for recreational group exercise and dance areas, as well as weight and fitness facilities and locker rooms. The facility also houses the Lou Gorman Pavilion, the former Red Sox General Manager. The Pavilion contains exhibition space showcasing sports memorabilia donated by Gorman to his alma mater. The expansion also includes classroom and study areas.
“This is a dramatic new space,” says Dean O’Keefe ’94, director of athletics, “not just a new building with paint. In some ways, a treadmill is just a treadmill, but with all the glass windows and panoramic views in such a modern setting, the students are feeling an extra inspiration.”