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$1.1B TX Ballpark Nears Completion

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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About two months out of when it’s scheduled to open, Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers have announced that the new Global Life Field is about 90% complete.

The venue is scheduled to open March 14.

Some Background

In October 2017, 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.

HKS

About two months out of when it’s scheduled to open, Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers have announced that the new Global Life Field is about 90% 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 list of progress starts at the top: the 5.5-acre retractable roof was closed for the first time in early December signaling that the roof work is about 85% complete. The bulk of the roof work was completed over the summer.

The framing of the ETFE panels is also in progress along with the seals for the roof track. The MLB reports that the roof will use a total of 19,000 tons of steel.

Other progress highlights include:

  • Preliminary work has started on the field surface, including field concrete work;
  • Work is also ongoing for the concrete of the outfield field walls, including the bullpens;
  • All other concrete work is complete;
  • Epoxy floor update is complete on the lower concourse and in progress on main concourse;
  • Drywall is 96% complete;
  • Granite and Lueders stone work is ongoing on both the interior and exterior columns of the ballpark; and
  • Glass installation on all sides of the ballpark is complete.

   

Tagged categories: Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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