UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT – Burton Football Complex & Shenkman Training Center

Storrs, CT


170,000 sf


Jeter Cook & Jepson / HOK Inc.

Dimeo served as Construction Manager for the Burton Football Complex & Shenkman Training Center at the University of Connecticut – Storrs campus. The 170,000 sf building consists of a 120-yard indoor practice field complete with artificial turf and partially illuminated by natural light, an 18,000 sf strength and conditioning area (including a mezzanine with a five-lane, 60-yard track), a 4,250 sf locker facility for athletes and coaches, meeting rooms, training/sports medicine facility and clinic, academic resources areas, audio visual and public areas. Extensive utility and site improvement relocations had to be performed before work on the building could commence. The project design received LEED Silver certification, the first college athletic project in the nation to earn this designation.

© Robert Benson Photography.

This new athletic complex earned LEED Silver and began serving the UCONN campus in 2006. An impressive 87.25% of construction waste was diverted from landfill disposal, and 7,000 cubic feet of peat excavated from the site were used to help restore and create wetlands at the site of a former landfill on campus. A stormwater pollution control plan (SWPCP), combined with other measures, reduces erosion and sedimentation, and 50% of the entire site was preserved as open space. With an indoor practice field with a 90′ roof, the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center has considerable open space and inherent challenges in maximizing energy efficiency; infrared heating units, monitored by a Building Automation System, keeps players on the field comfortable, without having to heat the entire structure to a uniform temperature. Additional green elements include heat recovery units, low-emissive windows, dual-flush toilets & low-flow showers, locally manufactured products, and low VOC paint.

2nd place for Large New Construction in the AGC 2008 Build CT awards/Real Estate Exchange 2008 Green Building Award