University of Kansas Announces Selection of Turner as Construction Manager

Via Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas has announced the selection of the No. 1 construction manager in the United States, Turner Construction, as the lead on the transformational Gateway Project and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium at 11th and Mississippi Streets.

Turner, ranked as the top construction manager in the country by Engineering News-Record and the No. 3 “sports builder” in the country by the same publication, has a longstanding and successful relationship with the University of Kansas, completing more than 25 projects for the university, including 16 for Kansas Athletics alone.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Kansas Athletics and Multistudio on this exciting project that will transform the 11th and Mississippi area, enhance the KU football experience and bring additional events and economic activity to the Lawrence community,” said Joshua Jones, Turner Operations Manager.

In addition to completing Anderson Family Football Complex at KU in 2008, Turner has also worked on the region’s top sports venues, including Arrowhead Stadium, Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas Speedway and Allen Fieldhouse.

The selection of a construction manager is the latest step in the development of the Gateway Project, which will enhance the campus experience for students, faculty and guests and provide meaningful impact to Kansas Football and the fan experience at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. KU first announced its plans for the project in October 2022 and has since been working with architectural firms and other partners to develop plans, budgets and timelines. Earlier this year, KU was awarded a $50 million challenge grant by the Kansas Department of Commerce for the project. In April, crews began renovations to Anderson Family Football Complex. In June, the university issues an RFP inviting partners to bid on the project.

“We are excited to work with a firm that we have such a great relationship and trust with,” said Sean Lester, KU’s Deputy Athletics Director for Administration. “We have collaborated with Turner in the past on some amazing projects, and feel fortunate to move forward with them on the Gateway Project.”

More information on the Gateway Project and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will be revealed on Aug. 15 at a campaign announcement by the University of Kansas.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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