Turner Construction – D.C. United Stadium

Turner picTurner Construction prides itself on offering customers a global reach with local delivery.
By Bianca Herron

Henry Turner founded Turner Construction 115 years ago based on the core values of commitment, integrity and teamwork. Today, the New York-based contractor is an international construction services company that has earned a reputation for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation and embracing emerging technologies. 

With more than 5,000 employees, Turner Construction completes 1,500 projects annually and has a network of offices across the United States as well as a presence in 20 countries. The company prides itself on providing its clients with the support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multinational organization.

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Turner Construction’s latest project is a soccer-specific stadium for the Major League Soccer (MLS) team D.C. United named Audi Field. Located in the Southwest Waterfront District of Washington, D.C., the four-story stadium will feature 20,000 seats, 31 luxury suites, team facilities and offices, and main canopies extending over the east and west sides of the seating bowl.

“Our goal is to provide a world-class stadium to D.C. United, its fans, and the surrounding community,” Sawyer says. “D.C. United is a committed member of this city and its new neighborhood, and we are proud and excited to work with them in developing their new home.”

The stadium will be located three blocks from Nationals Park, and less than three quarters of a mile from the Navy Yard and Waterfront Metro stations. It will feature a plaza at its northeast corner, street level retail, a new roadway connecting cars and pedestrians from the north and south sides of the site, public open spaces to facilitate year-round use, and a bike valet. Turner box

Turner began clearing the site in October 2016. “Our design/build deep foundation subcontractor is currently installing augercast piles under the guidance of our geotechnical and structural engineers,” Sawyer says. “The team held an official groundbreaking in February 2017 and the stadium will be open for games in the summer of 2018.”

The total development cost for the project is approximately $300 million, including land acquisition. Turner is targeting LEED Gold certification for this design-build project. “This is a steel superstructure with precast stadia,” Sawyer says. “The exterior is a mixture of curtainwall, perforated aluminum, GFRC, composite wood and metal composite wall panels to create an intricate skin system.”

With such an expansive project, safety is Turner’s top priority. “Our mantra is ‘Building L.I.F.E.,’ which stands for living injury free every day,” Sawyer explains. “At Turner, we are committed eliminate worksite injuries and incidents through preplanning and engagement of all workers on-site. We want to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.”

The stadium construction is part of a major redevelopment of Buzzard Point envisioned by the city to provide more connectivity, pedestrian access and useful year-round public spaces on both game and non-game days. “In addition to D.C. United, the stadium will host a variety of events, including sports, concerts and community activities,” Sawyer notes.

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