Project Name: E.A. Diddle Arena
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Industry: Entertainment & Hospitality
Knowing the importance of basketball in Kentucky, HMC was not about to deny Western Kentucky University their season opening game. With this critical deadline, HMC completed the E.A. Diddle Arena project in eight months allowing WKU to host their season opener.
The E.A. Diddle Arena renovation project included all new mechanical and plumbing systems and the installation of new underground plumbing systems, air conditioning and ventilation systems, a boiler room, air-cooled chillers, and a building automation controls system. HMC was also involved with the new 43,000 square feet sports administration area, which included a practice gym, weight room, hydrotherapy room, sports administration offices, and new locker rooms.
At the peak of this project, HMC had twenty-four plumbers and twenty-seven pipe fitters on the job, as well as a superintendent, plumbing foreman, pipe fitting foreman, project assistant, and project manager. The project posed a unique obstacle for the construction team. The excavation of the floor inside the arena included rock that extended to just under the floor in some areas requiring the rock to be blasted inside the existing building.