The anchor of the Lake Loudoun Boulevard Streetscape project at the University of Tennessee is the Pat Summitt Plaza, which features a nearly nine-foot-tall bronze statue honoring the legendary basketball coach.
Merit Construction completed the project ahead of schedule in a fast tracked 70 calendar day timeframe. The construction crews worked days, nights, and weekends to complete the project within the time constraints.
Construction was completed entirely with East Tennessee subcontractors. Craftsmen spent nearly 9,000 man hours on this landmark.
Over 1,500 plants have been installed within the Plaza and the adjacent landscaping.
Coach Summitt’s signature weighs approximately 1,000 pounds.
3,900 pavers were installed within the Plaza which is designed to mimic a basketball floor. Laid end-to-end, the pavers would stretch 1.25 miles.
Over 550,000 pounds of concrete is within the feature wall and more than one million pounds of stone is behind it.
43,000 pounds of reinforcing steel is embedded within the feature wall.
Coach Summitt’s statue traveled over 900 miles from Texas to the Plaza.
"Merit consistently met our deadlines as the project went along to be sure that we were ready to go at dedication time... The site of the plaza was a challenging area with one issue after another. Merit was able to overcome all of these issues to create a beautiful plaza that is a testament to an Athletics icon - Pat Summitt."
— Dave Hart, University of Tennessee Athletics Director
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