Project: Colorado State University Track

Fort Collins, Colorado

Colorado State University’s Jack Christiansen Running Track first opened in 1989. It is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen, who was one of the top sprinters in program history. Less than 30 years later, the subbase needed to be replaced. Innovation being a value of the University, they selected a proprietary post-tensioned concrete (PTC) running track design as the reconstruction method.

The new PTC track has greater longevity than a traditional asphalt base because of its unique construction. It is expected to last 50 years! The post-tensioning process compressed the track 4 to 6 inches in overall length and increased the material density, making it significantly more resilient to use and weather erosion. It is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certified track facility, and the surface meets all criteria for IAAF Class 1 Certified Track.
Lamp Rynearson was selected by the owner’s representative, Renner Sports, to be the local civil engineering firm on the team. Our engineers provided the site grading and drainage design, and assisted with site layout. The topographic and construction surveys were completed by our survey team.

The PTC track subbase was installed and tensioned in October 2017. Surfacing of the track occurred in the spring of 2018 to complete the project.