Heading into the home stretch

Excavator operator pulls apart Olsen building

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

An excavator operator works on removing a last section of the athletics department's Olsen Building north of Jack Trice Stadium. The building's demolition during February creates space for the final components of a $90 million project that includes a new building -- the multifunction sports performance center (background), which connects to the Bergstrom football complex -- ground floor renovations and north modifications to the Jacobson Building and a north elevated concourse and ground-level plaza to improve the gameday experience for football fans.

During January, functions formerly housed in the Olsen Building moved to the Jacobson Building or lower level of the sports performance center, which is about 80% complete and on schedule to wrap up this spring. Work on the north plaza and concourse should be complete by the end of July. The project began about two years ago.