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Value Engineering Leads to Piping Innovations at New FAU Football Stadium

Florida Atlantic University, Domestic & Chilled Water
Products Used
Green Pipe®
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Boca Raton, FL
Summer 2011

Aquatherm Advantages

  • A 10-year warranty eased longevity concerns
  • PP-R’s lighter weight allowed for quicker and easier installation
  • PP-R negated concerns about jobsite theft of metal

The Challenge

Tight deadlines and budgets faced the plumbing and mechanical design teams.

The Solution

Aquatherm’s stable material cost and labor-saving heat fusion connections helped alleviate both of those concerns.

PP-R piping helps construction team beat tight timeline while saving roughly $120,000 on larger sized water piping materials and halving installation time on water mains and branch piping.

Florida Atlantic University's new football stadium is expected to open for the 2011 football season, bringing excitement and revenue to the campus and surrounding community. For the last decade the Owls and their fans had to travel miles to one of the two stadiums they rented for games, but beginning this fall, FAU's Boca Raton campus will be home to a sparkling new 30,000 seat facility.

The project already contributed to the creation of 2,000 jobs since the official planning stages began in 2008, and school officials were intent on creating a stadium that would last for decades and serve as a source of pride. It was designed by HKS Architects and Schenkel Shultz and is being constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction and James A. Cummings, Inc.

The stadium is designed and will be used as a mixed purpose facility for everything from intramural sports and campus center activities to convocations and graduations. It consists of a press level, a suite level with 25 luxury suites, a club level with 1,000 club seats, a catering kitchen, locker rooms for two teams, numerous common areas, and 15 concession booths.