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$1.1B TX Ballpark Reportedly 75% Complete

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers announced last month that construction on the new Globe Life Field is almost 75% complete, with the 5.5-acre retractable roof nearly halfway complete.

Some Background

In October 2018, excavation began for the $1.1 billion, 13-acre, 1.7-million-square-foot Globe Life Field (set to take the place of Globe Life Park).

Architects from HKS Inc. took on the design, creating a retractable roof, which was reportedly one of the main reasons for a new venue in the first place.

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Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers announced last month that construction on the new Globe Life Field is almost 75% complete, with the 5.5-acre retractable roof nearly halfway complete.

General contractor Manhattan Construction Co. and landscape architect SWA Group worked together to make sure the project featured an asymmetrical design with deep overhangs, giving the impression of an outdoor facility.

Early plans for the field indicated that materials would be used in the architecture that are unique to Texas. These in-state products would reflect in the use of limestone and brick for various arches seen in the design.

Along that vein, team officials named Acme Brick (Fort Worth, Texas) the official brick of the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field. Providing about 1 million bricks in 1994’s Globe Life Park called “Ranger Red,” the company will be providing even more this time around, tweaking the name to “Champion Red.”

Other Texas-based companies providing materials include: Irwin Steel, of Justin; Mezger Enterprises, of Lampassas; Enterprise Precast Concrete, of Coriscana; and Oldcastle Building Envelope, of Alba.

But, given the name, “Global Life Field,” architect Bryan Trubey, Executive Vice President, Director of Sports and Entertainment for the Dallas-based HKS, said he wanted to expand beyond Texas production.

For that reason, granite for the stadium will be coming from Minnesota, metal panels are being manufactured in Arkansas, insulated translucent panels are being shipped from Illinois and the three-layer ETFE is coming all the way from Germany.

Progress

The first piece of the 3.3 million-pound roof was lifted into position in June. Now, the crew just finished installing the first piece of the third truss, and all five trusses are slated to be complete by the end of October.

In October 2018, excavation began for the $1.1 billion, 13-acre, 1.7-million-square-foot Globe Life Field (set to take the place of Globe Life Park).

In total, the roof will use a total of 19,000 tons of steel. In addition to the retractable roof truss work, other roof work updates include:

  • Planar trusses are now complete on both the east and west side of the ballpark;
  • Steel infill was also completed;
  • Metal decking and roofing is complete over the west portion of the ballpark;
  • Decking on the eastern portion is 80% complete; and
  • 12 of 20 total bogies (weighing 114,028 pounds each) have been installed.

Other work is progressing on the field as well, including:

  • Concrete work is ongoing on the service level of the ballpark, including the hyrdrotherapy pool area and batting cages;
  • Poured on-site concrete is complete in all areas with the exception of the service level;
  • Drywall is 75% complete in the ballpark;
  • Granite and Lueders stone work is ongoing on both the interior and exterior columns of the ballpark;
  • Brick work is ongoing on the interior columns; and
  • Construction is ongoing on the southwest entry as concrete columns were recently completed and steel work has started.

At this point in the project there are reportedly 1,400 workers on-site daily. The ballbark is still slated to open in March 2020.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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