Following the successful opening of Georgia State Stadium, GeorgiaStateSports.com continues to go behind the scenes and look at some of the folks and departments throughout the campus that made it possible. This is the fifth part of a five-part series.
Senior Project Manager Brian Carroll
Although Brian Carroll’s title may be Senior Project Manager, he was truly so much more when it came to getting Georgia State Stadium ready for opening night. Words cannot explain what Carroll meant to the project as he oversaw every detail from the time Georgia State took ownership in January.
“Quite simply, we do not open the stadium on Aug. 31, if Brian Carroll isn't the project manager,” Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb said. “People will never truly grasp his leadership over the past six months. We are indebted to him for making Parker H. Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium a reality. It's a special place."
It took a lot for the whole project to come together and Carroll led the way for many different units throughout campus.
Among the biggest challenges faced during the project was building 250 concrete piles for the new east side seating as each had to go 50-feet deep. While boring for the piles unearthed obstructions not shown on maps included abandoned Olympics concrete structures, Carrol continued to push the project to make sure deadlines were met by all parties involved.
“Some other challenges we dealt with was the discovery or understanding of how the Braves engineering configured the electrical systems over the past 21 years,” Carroll said. “They weren't kidding when they said the stadium didn't come with an instruction manual.”
Included in those electrical systems were the lighting systems, receptacles and especially the low voltage throughout the stadium. Much of the low voltage system had to be replaced entirely, from the truck bay for broadcasting to replay booth, coaching and broadcast suites and scoreboard, press level and on-field communications.
“This was the largest scale project I've worked on and I have been at Georgia State for a long time,” Carroll said. “It might not have been as complicated as some others, but there was no room for error or delay. Some of the interesting ones that also had unique opportunities were developing the Georgia State Football Practice Facility around 2009. That was a tough one.”
It has been a long process for Carroll, but also one that has been extremely rewarding.
“Now that we are done, everything works and looks great! Even with all the hurdles, seeing Coach Elliott bring the team out on the field, the hair on my neck stood up. I felt we delivered our objective, to prepare the stadium for our team to play ball. We established program requirements that could be obtained within the timeframe and delivered the product, meeting the high-quality standards we are known for.”
Carroll was in the stadium on opening night and no doubt will be around for many more games in the future. Everyone associated with the project, whether on staff or in the stands, appreciates his hard work and dedication to providing Georgia State a state-of-the-art stadium that will be ours for many years to come.
By the Numbers:
Number of Days on Job Site: 24 weeks, 150 work days
Lights installed: LED Sports Lighting, 280 fixtures, each putting out 7000 watts.
New seats installed: No new seats installed. 7,400 existing seats were removed and 4,411 we reinstalled, along with 60 benches on the North End Zone section.
Number of seats that were renumbered: Approximately 41,000
Tons of materials used: Removed approximately 8 million tons of precast and cast in place concrete, and placed about 15 Million tons of concrete structure to support the new stadium.
The turf field has about 1.25 million pounds of the ballast of sand and rubber on the turf. The aggregate below the turf is more than ten times that amount, 57 and 89 stone. Installers compressed the 21 days necessary to install a synthetic field of this size down to eight days through logistics, supplemental manpower and 16-hour workdays and nights.