Stonehill College Sports Complex Earns Construction Award

EASTON, Mass. — The Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex at Stonehill College in Easton received a Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Project Achievement Award in the New Construction category on April 19. The newly expanded facility offers students, faculty and staff more than 100,000 square feet of recreational and athletic space.
Named in honor of the college’s former president, The Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center houses weight and fitness rooms, group exercise rooms, a student lounge, locker rooms for 12 teams and a sports medicine facility. It also features the Lou Gorman Pavilion, showcasing sports memorabilia donated by the former Red Sox manager to his alma mater.
“The Sports Complex project is very much an integral part of our educational philosophy, not simply an add-on or an extra, but essential to the making of a person,” said Pauline Dobrowski, Stonehill’s vice president for student affairs, in a statement at the project’s outset. “What is especially important to us with this expansion is that while it can and will benefit our athletes, it is not just for athletes, but a resource that every student can take advantage of. That is why we are so enthusiastic and supportive of the renovation and expansion.”
Stonehill College engaged Boston-based BOND, a full-service construction management and general contracting company, early in the design process, along with Watertown, Mass-based architect Sasaki Associates, to provide preconstruction and construction management services. BOND used both in-house Building Information Modeling (BIM) and laser scanning services to analyze the facility’s existing conditions, resolve design conflicts early, enhance efficiency and lower costs, according to a statement by the firm. Thanks to a fast-track 14-month schedule, the project was completed in time for the start of the 2015 academic school year.
“It is an honor for BOND to receive the CMAA Project Achievement Award,” said Robert Murray, BOND president, in a statement. “The design and construction of Stonehill College’s Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex was a true example of teamwork in action. The revitalized space offers lasting rewards for all members of the Stonehill community engaged in the recreational activities of the campus.”
The CMAA New England Chapter holds its annual Project Achievement Awards to recognize exceptional achievement in the New England construction management community.