Located within Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium, the addition of the Don Constantini Multimedia Center brings new capabilities to the university’s academic and athletic programs. The ms design team worked closely, over a three-year period, coordinating with various academic administrators and athletic department officials to execute YSU’s vision and goals for the new space.
The new multimedia center, located within the larger press box addition, allows the university to use a master control room for all related campus athletics, expands capabilities for university and professional sports broadcasting and provides classroom space for YSU’s telecommunication and sports broadcasting programs.
The addition includes a single, unified control center and fully integrated space for TV and radio broadcasts. Additionally, the new space has separate team coaching viewing areas, a 50-person multipurpose classroom, restrooms, private loges, and various multipurpose spaces for students, coaches, and recruits. Two separate stair/elevator towers provide access to the space in with renovated concessions and restrooms provided at the lower concourse.
Project obstacles included the prerequisite for highly specialized foundations due to poor soil conditions and an accelerated schedule. Early project delays caused by inclement weather conditions necessitated a fast track approach near the project’s close to meet the university’s requirement for project completion prior to the 2019 home opening football game.
A separate “spin off” project was completed concurrently located on the opposite side of Stambaugh Stadium. As space became available with the relocation of the multimedia center, four new luxury loges were added to the west side viewing facility.
Each new loge was tailored to the requirements of each individual owner and required extensive rework of existing mechanical and plumbing systems, platform construction, and space reconfiguration.