Construction Updates

September 19, 2014

AstroTurf workers will complete the turf install by Tuesday, September 23. The field will be ready for it's October 4th debut during the UWRF homecoming football game vs. UW – Stevens Point. Ramer field will also be home to the River Falls High School Wildcat football team; their first home game at Ramer will be Friday, October 3rd. On Sunday, October 12th, the RFHS Marching Band will be hosting their 2nd annual Rhythm By the River Field Show. Check back for instructions on how to access events at David smith stadium.

New black fencing around the track has been installed.

Crews continue to excavate and work on retention ponds in front of Knowles Center. The new main street entry for the future Falcon Center is now beginning to take shape.

Next week, crews will begin seeding and tree planting inside the fenced area starting by the visitor bleachers and then heading around toward the restrooms; they will also begin to install sleeves for irrigation.

Photo by Kathy Helgeson. View more photoslink of turf install.

Photo of Nathan Hammond, a contractor with SCG (Sports Contracting Group) installing turf

September 12, 2014

This week, the majority of the turf was laid and the project remains on schedule for an October 1st completion date! Also, on September 11 & 12 the asphalt was installed by the restroom area. In addition, footings at the utility building were formed/poured.

Next week, the AstroTurf  crew will be sewing in hash marks and numbers on the field. Crews will also begin installing the 4 foot high fencing around the track.

Photo courtesy of: Tom Kusilek
Ariel view of Ramer field during Turf install

September 5, 2014

This week the AstroTurf was delivered and installation began today! Significant progress has been made in creating 1 of the 2 retention ponds and the new entry in front of Hunt/Knowles. Excavation for this area will continue.

Access changes: The gate separating CM parking lot from Hunt/Knowles and the campus trail will re-open on evenings (beginning at 7pm) and weekends only.

Notice: Next week, expect increased traffic hauling material from Cemetary Road to 6th Street. Material is being brought in to create the new road that will connect Ramer Field area to 6th Street.

To view more photos of today's turf install, click herelink.
  turf installation


August 29, 2014

This week Ramer Field was prepped for turf. Crews are expected to begin turf installation on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Next week crews will begin working on footings for the new utility building as well as begin to sand and gravel the parking lot and roadway back to 6th street.

prepping the field for turf


August 14, 2014

The temporary pathway to Knowles Center main entrance was paved this week! Crews also installed the nailer curb around Ramer field (see photo), finished installing the temporary fence, installed underground piping near the front of Ramer restroom area and prepared the existing water main to be hooked up to the new utility building.

temporary pathway to Knowles Center main entrance has been paved

Concrete path has been pored around the field

August 8, 2014

Signage is now displayed to help direct pedestrian traffic to and from Knowles Center, Hunt Arena and campus. As a reminder, a temporary pedestrian walkway has been created to the west of W lot. This path will take you to Hunt/Knowles Center.  Pedestrian traffic wanting to access Campus via the Blue Stem trail from lot CM should do so by continuing north to Broadway. See additional photos and video of the new pathway below (under the "August 1 update". ) 

The following activities have been recently completed or are in progress: 

  • Continued preparation for site construction

  • Installation of Ramer Field perimeter storm drain

  • Removal of concrete light bases

  • Soccer field grading

  • Erosion control and placement of silt fencing

image showing signs directing pedestrians to knowles center

August 5, 2014

Ramer Field excavation continues, today, crews worked to install the perimeter drain tile! View more photos of today's worklink.

installation of perimeter drain tile

August 1, 2014

The topsoil layer of Ramer Field has been removed, excavation crews continue to remove the clay-filled sub-layer. After all soil has been removed, crews will smooth out the base and a layer of gravel will be applied. Topsoil will be saved and reused for the installation of the Falcon soccer field.

The W lot (gravel lot in front of Knowles Center) is now under construction. The sidewalk from CM lot to Knowles is now closed.  You must use the new detour-walking path to access Hunt Arena, Knowles Center and outdoor tennis courts. From the CM parking lot (must have a permit or use meters) walk north along the South Main Street sidewalk, turn right and follow the newly created path toward Knowles center main entrance.

Fence around Knowles is now installed

sidewalk to Knowles Center is closed

South main street sidewalk

New pathway to Knowles Center




July 31, 2014

Crews began digging up Ramer Field this morning in preparation for the new AstroTurf installation. The artificial turf will be completed by October 1, 2014.

Construction equipment digging up Ramer field turf

Construction equipment digging up Ramer field turfConstruction equipment digging up Ramer Field turf

Construction equipment digging up Ramer field turf

July 29, 2014

Contractors continue to deliver equipment to the parking lot in front of Knowles Center/Hunt Arena.

Photo of large construction machines with Smith Stadium in the background

July 25, 2014

Earlier this week, the Governor signed the Falcon Center/Smith Stadium/Ramer Field phase 1 contract with Miron construction and a notice to proceed was issued.  The excavation contractor will begin work Monday, July 28!

Photo of Ramer field pre construction

July 23, 2014

The Falcon Center Phase 1 construction start date was scheduled for Monday, July 14th.  Unfortunately, progress has been delayed and UWRF now anticipates an August start date.

Photo of site construction plan