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Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center

Project Summary

Client Name
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date Completed
April 2015
Lincoln, Nebraska
General Contractor
Sampson Construction
175ft Clear Span, 40,000 SF
Project Scope
  • Subcontractor
  • Pre-engineered Chief Metal Building
  • Metal Wall Panels
  • Metal Roof Panels
  • Insulated Metal Panels

Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center

Ironhide Construction completed the erection of a pre-engineered metal building -- the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s new tennis complex -- the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center. The Dillon Tennis Center, part of a larger $20.4 million soccer and tennis project, is located near the corner of 14th Street and Cornhusker Highway.

Erection time for the 175-ft. clear span Chief building took about three-and-a-half months. Cranes were required to create 60-ft. bays in the long span building. A Purlin Glide insulation system was installed that provides high R-value insulation, as well as a fall prevention system. Roof panels and work were adapted to accommodate designs for 16” roof panels.

Much consideration was given to site work and equipment logistics as the building’s footprint spanned about 80% of the 28-acre location. The soil conditions next to Salt Creek also presented some challenges.

The Dillon Tennis Center was available for spring practice and to start the 2015-16 season. In a press release, Nebraska Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm said, “We’re proud to see student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans move to new, well-thought-out homes that will improve recruiting numbers, heighten fan interest and enhance the game-day experiences in both sports for generations to come.”

Award: Best Building of the Year, Chief Buildings

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