Mortenson Construction has received a national design-build award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for the renovation of Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. The award was presented on Oct. 20 during the National Design-Build Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla.
Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build delivery to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. The National Design-Build Awards recognize outstanding projects that demonstrate successful application of design-build strategies resulting in a superior facility that exceeds the owner’s needs.
Cheney Stadium Renovation
Cheney Stadium, home to the Tacoma Rainiers – the Triple-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, was built in 1960 in approximately 100 days. This $30 million renovation, the first full renovation in 52 seasons, was also fast-tracked. It was completed in seven months – from the final home game on Sept. 2, 2010, to substantial completion on April 1, 2011, prior to the start of the new season.
“To deliver what is essentially a brand new ballpark, in a period of seven months, was a remarkable process to be associated with,” Rainiers Team President Aaron Artman said. “It’s a near perfect blend of 50-plus years of nostalgia with the modern design and amenities you’d expect at a cutting edge sports venue. We’re proud to have Mortensen and their leadership team as the driving force behind the new Cheney Stadium.”
Cheney Stadium now includes 16 luxury suites, a 4,000-square-foot club and restaurant, new administrative team offices, a new right field seating berm, and left field improvements. The renovated ballpark now features twice as many restrooms, increased concessions and ADA seating, and an improved public concourse, along with a new press facility and team clubhouse. Parts of the original stadium remain, including the seating bowl.
“The Cheney Stadium project met and even exceeded our expectations to create a first-class baseball park from a 50-year-old stadium and yet maintain that great baseball legacy the original stadium possessed,” said Cynthia Davis, operations manager with the City of Tacoma. “M. A. Mortenson and their team provided us a first-class ballpark under budget and on time. The stadium is a refurbished icon for the City of Tacoma and its citizens.”
“We are very honored to receive a national award that recognizes not only project success but also the teamwork necessary to achieve exceptional results,” said Ben Golding, construction executive at Mortenson Construction and project manager of the renovation. “The project was a success as a result of the strong collaboration and partnership among the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma Rainiers, Belay Architecture, and Populous. Their hard work and dedication is what helped make the completion of this project in only seven months possible.”