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Branch & Associates Awarded Stadium Bid

December 16, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Latest renderings of the Williams Stadium expansion project, which was officially awarded to Branch & Associated on Dec. 16, 2009.

Latest renderings of the Williams Stadium expansion project, which was officially awarded to Branch & Associated on Dec. 16, 2009.

Latest Williams Stadium Expansion Renderings

Williams Stadium Expansion Announcement on Aug. 30

Williams Stadium Deconstruction Story (includes video and photo gallery)

Williams Stadium history

Official University Release regarding Branch & Associates

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., has announced that the University has awarded the Williams Stadium expansion project bid to Branch & Associates, Inc., a general contractor based out of Roanoke, Va.

"Liberty University has not worked with Branch in the past, but we have watched the firm from a distance and have been impressed with the projects they have constructed around the state of Virginia," Falwell said. "We look forward to partnering with Branch to meet the target completion date [for Phase One] of Sept. 4, 2010."

Branch & Associates, Inc., was founded by Billy H. Branch in 1963. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Branch & Associates has grown from a modest company performing local grading and construction services to a regional building construction firm. Branch provides general contracting, design-build and construction management services to a multi-state region from our offices in Roanoke, Va., and Winston-Salem, N.C.

Branch & Associates is one of the top general contracting companies in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as listed in the Virginia Business List of Leaders and has been included in the Top 200 of the Engineering News Record national Top 400 contractors.

Branch & Associates has worked on numerous statewide projects, including commercial, governmental, higher education, industrial and healthcare ventures.

Spotlighting some of their completed projects is the $13.2 million UVA Parking Deck and Infrastructure in Charlottesville, Va., the $21.7 million Torgensen Hall in Blacksburg, Va., and the $28.8 million Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County, Va.
Branch & Associates is currently under contract with Virginia Tech for a $25.1 million project for new residential halls and the VMI Leadership Field Training Grounds.

"We are very excited to have Branch and Associates named as the general contractor for the expansion of Williams Stadium," stated Jeff Barber, Liberty University Director of Athletics. "This project will mean so much to Liberty University and our football program. We look forward with great anticipation to opening day of the 2010 football season."

On Aug, 28, 2009, Chancellor Falwell announced a three-phase plan to expand and improve William Stadium, Liberty's on-campus football facility. The project will be the first major expansion for Williams Stadium since the facility opened its gates on Oct. 21, 1989.

The estimated $22 million project includes three phases that will boost the stadium's seating from its current capacity of 12,000 to 30,000 over the next five years.

Phase One calls for the addition of 5,000 seats to the west side of the stadium and 1,800 seats to the east side, plus a 34,000-square-foot press box. The brick and glass encased, Jeffersonian-style four-story tower will house club-level seating for qualified Flames Club donors, 16 permanent luxury suites, a banquet room that will seat up to 800 people, a 1,000-seat classroom and a state-of-the-art press area. Phases Two and Three will add a 4,000-seat middeck to the east side of the stadium and 6,400 seats in a horseshoe-shaped configuration at the south end zone.

The renovated facility will also prepare the stadium for the future construction of upper decks on the west and east sides of the stadium that will take the capacity to 60,000.

Since the arrival of head football coach Danny Rocco to Liberty Mountain, attendance at Liberty's home football games has grown exponentially. Over the last three years, Liberty has averaged more than 14,000 fans per home game for its 12,000-seat on-campus facility.

Liberty has quickly become one of the nation's leaders in FCS home attendance. During 2007, Liberty ranked No. 6 in filling stadium capacity (118.25 percent) and ranked No. 8 in total home attendance with a program-record 92,026 fans in 2008. This past season, Liberty completed the year as the top FCS program in terms of filling stadium capacity (124.43 percent).

On Nov. 30, 2009, preparation began for the stadium expansion project, as Williams Stadium's 21-year-old press box was torn down. Five days later, the deconstruction crew vacated the on-campus facility, as the demolition process had been completed.

Branch & Associates are scheduled to begin the Williams Stadium expansion project over the next two weeks with an expected completion date for Liberty's opening home football game on Sept. 4, 2010.

Once Branch & Associates commences on the Williams Stadium expansion project, LibertyFlames.com will be providing daily photo updates (Monday through Friday) via a Football Press Box construction blog on its web site.