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Androscoggin Bank Colisee


Lewiston, ME



Architecture / Engineering

Site of one of the most controversial bouts in boxing history, when Ali knocked Liston out on May 25, 1965 with what has since been referred to as “the phantom punch”, The Androscoggin Bank Colisee has been home to many memorable sports events throughout it’s long history. Seeking to modernize the facility and attract a wider range of events to the community, Platz Associates was selected to perform a feasibility study, structural analysis, code review, and the architectural design and engineering of interior renovations, an addition, and a new facade. A box office and facility operations center occupy the lowest level of the 3 story addition, with an expansive new concessions area on the second and a V.I.P. lounge on the third level.

Not only serving to improve circulation and ADA access to the building, the facade addition, with it’s subtle architectural references of colosseums of a past age, establishes a strong presence befitting it’s status as a local community landmark. The design and construction of this project also had to be fast-tracked and phased to allow for the completion of all work within the off-season of the primary tenants, the Lewiston Maineiacs.

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