TAMPA - The interior renovation of Sun Dome on the University of South Florida's campus is well on its way. The bleachers have been removed and walls are being knocked down.
In early June, the USF System Board of Trustees approved an internal financing plan to renovate the Sun Dome to give it 30 more years of use as an academic, ceremonial, rental and athletic facility. This renovation project will modify the existing 250,000-gross-square-foot arena and extend its useful life for another 30 years. The total cost of the project and associated costs are not expected to exceed $35.6 million.
Construction is expected to be completed no later than April 2012 and further design information and renderings are expected to be available in four to six weeks.
Due to the construction, men's and women's basketball will play in alternate venues during the 2011-12 season, which will be announced with the team's schedules later this summer.
One of the world's leading construction groups, Skanska USA Building, is in control of the project. Other notable projects by Skanska USA Building include the New Meadowlands Stadium, Gillette Stadium and LP Field.
Populous, a global design practice specializing in creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences, is the design firm. Their other notable projects include the Amway Center, KFC Yum! Center and the United Center.