Dartmouth College Stadium

Hanover, NH

Officials at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, have been planning to replace the West Stands in its historic Memorial Field for many years and even had the precast concrete components cast seven years ago, before the Great Recession derailed construction plans. The project now is being completed and will be ready for the new football season in August 2015.

The project completes update work on the stadium, which began with reconstruction in 2006 of the East Stands (on the visitors’ side), which was followed by the addition of an artificial-turf playing field, upgraded lights, video scoreboard, and the nearby Varsity House athletic facility in the ensuring years. The work requires working around the existing historic brick façade and erecting the pieces from one end due to restricted site access.

The new West Stands (on the home side) will feature wider aisles and concourses, handrails, modern rest rooms, a premium chairback section on the 50-yard-line, and accessible seating on three levels. Those levels and the new press box will be accessible by elevator.

Engelberth Construction, the construction manager on the project, recommended precast concrete for the project to match the original seating, which was built in 1923 using steel framing and cast-in-place concrete, explains Dick Terk, vice president of project management at the company and the project manager for the job. It also was chosen for its longevity and high-quality appearance, he notes.

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Projects details

  • PrecasterJ.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc.

  • Owner:Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

  • DesignerFleck & Lewis Architects, Hanover, NH

  • Structural EngineerMcFarland-Johnson Inc., Concord, NH

  • ContractorJohn Moriarty & Associates, Inc., Winchester, MA

  • Construction ManagerEngelberth Construction, Colchester, VT

  • Precast Specialty EngineerConsulting Engineers Group, San Antonio, TX


  • Structural Precast Elements: 822 precast concrete components, including

  • 33 single risers

  • 56 double risers

  • 79 triple risers

  • 44 raker beams

  • 36 hollowcore planks (restroom)

  • 6 ADA platform slabs

  • 44 columns

  • 2 corner slabs

  • 13 infill panels (pressbox)

  • 4 beams (pressbox)

  • 4 L-beams

  • 23 slabs (pressbox)

  • 14 slabs (main-aisle)

  • 2 vomitory ramp slabs

  • 2 vomitory landings

  • 12 vomitory beams

  • 23 vomitory panels

  • 8 vomitory walls

  • 47 stair/elevator shaft walls

  • 3 stair/elevator cap slabs

  • 8 spandrels

  • 334 steps

  • 25 tie beams