New Basketball Arena Scores Big

Project Name

McCamish Pavilion

Project Location

Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, Georgia

Project Team

Owner: Georgia Institute of Technology

General Contractor: Whiting – Turner Co.

Architect: Populous

Engineer: ME Engineers


Building Information Modeling


Plumbing Shop Prefab

Pipe Shop Prefab

Sheet Metal Prefab


Public Assembly & Places of Worship


Entertainment & Media


Georgia Tech constructed a state-of-the-art basketball arena to enhance its existing coliseum, built in 1956. The new arena included 13,000 feet of mechanical piping and 11,678 feet of ductwork.


The Challenge

McKenney’s needed to account for the existing building structure and work within limited floor space. The coliseum was a circular building, which made mechanical field locations and dimensioning a challenge.

The Solution

The project team took a laser scan of the existing building for use in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process and also used Trimble GPS technologies for trade layouts. All major mechanical components were prefabricated to limit onsite work. Local knowledge and engineering expertise were used to assist the design engineer and coordinate multiple trades.

The Results

McKenney’s significantly helped the customer lower its budgeted costs while maintaining system integrity and performance. By leveraging its detailing and shop capabilities, McKenney’s helped complete the project on schedule with minimal field trim or call-ins.

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About Kumba McCritty


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Kumba McCritty began at McKenney's in 2011 as a Marketing Specialist. Upon graduating from Fordham University, she has worked in sales, account management and marketing. Kumba enjoys being challenged professionally while also having the opportunity to grow in her position at McKenney’s. This growth has allowed her to become a Proposal Specialist, where she continues to be vital piece of the McKenney’s marketing team.

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