Xfinity Center

Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Client: Gilbane Building Company
Architect: Ellerbe Becket

In the fall of 2002, the defending NCAA National Champion Maryland Terrapins began playing their home basketball games in a new, state-of-the-art arena on the College Park Campus. Described by many as the finest, on-campus arena in the nation, the Comcast Center replaced historic Cole Field House, giving Terrapin fans modern amenities including luxury boxes, improved bathroom facilities and air conditioning.

Manganaro Midatlantic was awarded the contracts for both the masonry and drywall and acoustical packages for the construction of the arena.

The project schedule was extremely critical in order to insure the University’s ability to meet commitements for its athletic programs. On September 24, 2001, a force 3 tornado struck the College Park campus and the project site, causing widespread devastation. Construction was halted for several days, as construction crews were mobilized in search and rescue teams, and the clean up of tons of debris that covered the project site.

In spite of the delays, Manganaro Midatlantic was able to assist the construction team in maintaining the project schedule and helped to deliver the Comcast Center on time for the “Midnight Madness” celebration that marks the start of the Terrapins fall practice season. After overcoming the difficult working conditions, extensive coordination problems, and a tight schedule, the final project is a showcase for the Maryland Athletic program.

Our work on the project was recognized by the Washington Building Congress with its 2003 Craftsmanship Award for Unit Masonry, and by Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter with its Award of Excellence in the category of Interior Finishes. As a direct result of this project, Manganaro was named the recipient of the 2002 Gilbane Trade Contractor Award.

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