Citi Field Upgrades

Queens, N.Y.

Award of Merit

Submitted by: Shawmut Design and Construction

Owner: New York Mets

Lead Design Firm: Gensler

General Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction

Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti

MEP Engineer: ME Engineering

Lighting Design: Reveal Design Group

Audio/Visual Design: WJHW

Subcontractor: Competition Architectural Metals Inc.; The PAR Group; Island Painting; Orange County Ironworks; JBI Millwork

Totaling more than 26,000 sq ft of renovated space, the ballpark’s first major upgrade since opening in 2009 focused on enhancing the game day experience, with new clubs and gathering spaces, expanded suites and a greater variety of food and beverage options. Rather than thinking of the stadium as only a place where fans can watch the game, the project creates unique venues for people who want to arrive earlier and stay later. Movable glass walls and partitions separate outdoor seating and patios from the indoor suites and allow the spaces to be used throughout the year as well as for non-game related events.

Delivering the upgrade as four separate, concurrent projects on budget and with a non-negotiable deadline of Opening Day 2023 required the project team to communicate clearly, make quick and informed decisions and identify critical paths to prevent procurement delays from impeding progress.

To tackle this challenge, the team prioritized and developed specific plans for long-lead items. An acoustical wood ceiling product—a focal point for one of the clubs—required working in an unconventional sequence to achieve the proper support of structure and panel alignments and to accommodate all building infrastructure systems. Extreme coordination and creativity were also required to properly install finishes and elements tied to system components that were still arriving on site as the project progressed.