PROJECT COST: $515 million

Florida Marlins Ballpark
Image Courtesy Populous
Florida Marlins Ballpark

The new home for the Florida Marlins will be a baseball-only facility constructed on approximately 17 acres in the Little Havana section of Miami, at the former site of the Orange Bowl. The ballpark will seat 37,000 fans under a three-panel retractable roof.

A joint venture of Moss & Associates of Fort Lauderdale and Hunt Construction Group of Scottsdale, Ariz., in association with Mars Contractors of Miami, is managing the $515-million, public-private project.

Populous, formerly HOK Sport, of Kansas City, Mo., is the project�s designer. Miami-Dade County will own the facility.

Noting the timing of the project during a historic market downturn, Brett Atkinson, vice president of Moss & Associates, told Southeast Construction that the competitive bids from subcontractors and suppliers were giving Miami-Dade County and the Marlins �the best bang for their dollar.�

The structure was fully modeled in BIM using a combination of REVIT and Tekla structures, according to officials with Moss & Associates. The project team is aiming for LEED Silver certification.

The facility will be supported, in part, by 12 15- by 8-ft reinforced concrete �supercolumns.� Rising up to 130 ft, the supercolumns will support the 338,000-sq-ft, three-panel retractable roof that will move along two tracks on the ballpark�s north and south sides to shelter fans during Miami�s notorious rainstorms and sometimes brutal sunshine.

Key Facts:

Location: Miami, Fla.
Owner: Miami-Dade County.
Contractors: Hunt/Moss, a joint venture of Hunt Construction of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Moss & Associates, Fort Lauderdale.
Architect: Populous, Kansas City, Mo.
Start Date: July 2009
Completion Date: April 2012

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