We are very glad we chose Stanmar, Inc. to design and construct our Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center. It’s a more efficient design, we have far superior program spaces, and we’ve realized significant cost savings.
Applications are already up 10% since our new student center opened this semester. We’re projecting that when we factor in a full year of operation, we’re going to see a near record amount of freshmen applications – due to the effect of this new facility. I recently talked with a number of students’ first-hand that told me they were coming back next year because of our new Student Center.
We chose Stanmar, Inc. to design and build our building because we felt they were the best around. We wanted someone who had experience in this area and Stanmar, Inc.’s know-how was a strength. When you look at our new building, there’s a definite feeling that it belongs on campus. Our student center is the finest facility in our league by far. In fact, our facility is the talk of the whole state of Virginia!
The beauty of Stanmar, Inc. is their expertise in athletic and recreational buildings on both the design and construction side. Because Stanmar, Inc. has done over 75 facilities, they know the issues surrounding an athletic center that other architects wouldn’t, and we reaped the benefits of their great design and experience… The guaranteed fixed price worked perfectly for us. We were able to know from the beginning what our cost constraints were, and the only change orders we had on the entire project were because of simple changes we made.
Stanmar, Inc. completed our Hofstra University Arena project one month ahead of schedule and on budget. What more could an owner ask for? Overall, it was a great team effort.
Sometimes the decision on whether to come to an institution turns on what kind of athletic facilities might be available… We’ve had a great many more inquiries as a result of the construction of this center and I feel that we’ll do a lot better in recruitment and retention because we do have this Plourde Athletic Center.
In the 7 years since Stanmar, Inc. completed the facility, The Pete Hanna Center has truly become a home for all 17 varsity sports and their 350 student-athletes regardless of whether their team competes in the Corts Arena or not. The Hanna Center has provided a central location for them to access all of the essential support services that they need, including academic support, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and administration which helps them manage the demands of being Division I student-athletes.
One of our faculty members, a former lawyer and a member of our design committee, mentioned that Stanmar, Inc.’s ability to stick to the construction schedule is something rarely seen in her 10 years of legal practice in real estate development. The site manager had done a terrific job by accommodating the ongoing needs of the School, and the team did a great job listening to us, and then designing two facilities that fulfill and exceed our expectations.
Stanmar, Inc. exceeded our expectations. Stanmar, Inc.’s site superintendent was the finest I’ve ever known. He was a real credit to the team. Stanmar, Inc. also employed the finest set of subcontractors in the area, and the high-quality workmanship shows. We have been receiving many comments from other schools. People are telling us that our facility is better than anything they’ve ever seen.
When Stanmar, Inc. completed our Hofstra Arena, our men’s varsity basketball team earned a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1977, having gone undefeated in our new buildings. Since then, we’ve produced other championship athletic teams and our arena is better than ever. Stanmar, Inc.’s proven, professional design/build team really knows how to build high-quality, multipurpose facilities and we’ve fostered a lasting partnership with them that is important to us.