Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday-- May 29th, 2014

I was down in Amherst yesterday on a cool and rainy day. I stopped by the UMass Football Performance center and took some images. Talked with the friendly construction workers.

The outside of both the Performance Center and the new press box is coming along well. The insides still have some work to go.

Click on the image and Blogger displays a larger view. I've set up a Picassa web album with about 15 images here.

The facing of the building is concrete board. Up close, it has a nice texture and weathers to a more attractive visual appearance than concrete  (so say the manufacturers).

Wish they had this stuff back when I was at UMass during the Era of Concrete Buildings. It would have avoided the Post Stalin-Chernobyl look some of those structures now have.

View from the parking lot side

New press box

Concrete board panels 

Ground floor from inside the stadium
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The Steelers have Rob Blanchflower's roster page up.

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MassLive has a story on Josh Maurer, who is in perpetual motion these days.

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iFootball reports former UMass QB Mike Wegzyn has joined Tennessee football.

The Volunteers just lost a potential starting QB.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow-some real losers on the ConU Boneyard site. These Big10/ACC wannabees are arguing over lowly UMASS football and who was better in 1AA. A real mental midget states it is a stretch to say UMASS had a better program, with a record of 36 wins for UMASS, and ConU winning 34 times. OK genious, yep you are right 34 beats 36, just don't look up to see who won more league titles. Enjoy your road trips to Tulsa,Houston, Memphis, your student athletes will love all the bonding time together. Lots of missed classes. Don't worry the Big 10 really needs the Hartford marketplace...bahaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

I think that style is called Brutalist. If so, it has nothing to do with Stalin or the Soviet Union. Sorry.

UMass74 said...

Quote from Wikipedia:

"Brutalism as an architectural philosophy was often also associated with a socialist utopian ideology, which tended to be supported by its designers, especially Alison and Peter Smithson, near the height of the style. This style had a strong position in the architecture of the European socialist countries in the period of about 1975–1989 (Czechoslovakia, GDR, USSR).