Plank-aided Cole Field House project moves forward at Univ. of Maryland

Maryland's Cole Field House project is getting its new roof.

Construction of the University of Maryland’s $155 million football and academic complex, a project supported in part by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, is focused at the top — on a new roof.

“We are anticipating that phase 1 (the indoor practice facility) will be ready to occupy late spring, no sooner than the end of May 2017,” the university said this week in response to a Baltimore Sun query.

The project will remake Cole Field House — the former basketball arena — into the football facility, a sports medicine center and student entrepreneurship lab.

Plank, a former Maryland special teams football player, pledged $25 million to the project in 2014. Most of the funds are coming from private donations, with the rest expected to come from the university and the state.

This week, the arching roof was about half-closed above a bulldozer and  a mound of dirt.

Here, from the university, is an update on the building’s progress:

  • Over 60 percent of the existing roof has been removed, installation of the new roof is underway. 
  • Approximately 5,800 tons of concrete was removed from the bowl and is being recycled. 
  • Approximately 30 percent of the scope for the Indoor Practice Facility has been completed.
  • Currently beyond the roof work, the new foundation for the expanded facility is being installed.
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