- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the University System of Maryland’s request to hire Heery International for architectural and engineering design for the expansion of Byrd Stadium yesterday.

The decision allows Maryland to proceed with the estimated $50 million project, which the athletic department hopes to have completed by the start of the 2010 season.

Athletic director Debbie Yow said Heery’s work likely will take between 14 and 18 months to complete and will begin immediately. Yow said she and several athletic department officials will remain directly involved throughout the design process.

The expansion is expected to include between 50 and 60 luxury suites and about 500 mezzanine seats and will occur on the side of the field opposite the existing upper deck to augment the existing Tyser Tower. Construction will occur in phases, with partial completion anticipated in time for the 2009 season.

Heery, an Atlanta-based firm, has designed stadium expansions at Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia and Texas in recent years.

The deal is the latest step for Maryland in its plans to expand Byrd. The University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents approved a $35 million loan in June to help finance the project, and Chevy Chase Bank agreed to a 25-year, $20 million deal for field naming rights in August.

Patrick Stevens