Hunt/Moss, a Joint Venture

The Florida Marlins will ring in their 2012 Major League Baseball season in a brand-new stadium, thanks to the combined efforts of two construction management firms. Construction on the 37,000-seat, $515 million facility started in July 2009. The facility, owned by Miami-Dade County, will give the Marlins a home of their own for the first time since their inception in 1993.

The team currently plays their home games at Sun Life Stadium, which it shares with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture is serving as construction manager on the $515 million Florida Marlins ballpark project in Miami. The JV is a union of national builder Hunt Construction Group – headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. – and Florida-based Moss Construction Management.

Hunt has many built many major league sports venues, including 15 MLB parks, and more than 100 sports facilities. These include groundbreaking facilities such as Chase Field in Phoenix, the world’s first stadium with a retractable roof and natural grass, and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the first stadium with a retractable roof that opens sideline to sideline.  Moss brings to the project a local presence and knowledge of local trades and contractors. Both companies have people with extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry, the companies say.

`Two Projects in One’

One major feature of the 950,000-square-foot concrete stadium is a retractable steel roof that allows the roof to be opened during the day, allowing sunlight to reach its natural turf field. The roof can also be closed for air conditioning and during rain.

The retractable roof structure requires building 12 160-foot-tall, 1,400-ton super columns and installing three roof panels. The columns support a track beam, along which the roof panels will move. “This job is almost like building two projects in one, as we’ve been building this structure while at the same time building a ballpark underneath it,” the company says.

In addition to the retractable roof, the ballpark’s promenade – third – level will feature a moveable glass wall just left of center field offering fans views of downtown Miami.

Key ballpark amenities include a plaza on the west side of the facilities that will be used for pre-game functions.

“This will be a major gathering point for fans,” the company adds.

The ballpark also features a swimming pool behind the center field wall that can be rented out for parties.

Sustainability First

The facility is being designed to attain LEED Silver status.  Hunt/Moss JV has recycled 8,545 tons of cardboard, concrete, metal, paper plastic and wood, and diverted 165 tons of trash from landfills.

In addition, the company is using materials produced within a 500-mile radius of the ballpark to reduce transportation emissions.

Materials include low-VOC paints, adhesives, carpets and flooring. Building systems include energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

Safe and Clean

Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture last year won a Florida Sunshine State Safety Award recognizing its efforts to preserve safety and cleanliness on the Florida Marlins Ballpark project. The award, created in 2006 by the University of South Florida, notes the efforts of companies in all industries that engage in job safety efforts.

Safety measures include daily training sessions and regular meetings, as well as a weekly incentive program offering Marlins memorabilia to crewmembers.

“We promote safety on a daily basis,” the company says. “We’re very adamant about making sure our job is the cleanest and safest job, and work hard making sure everyone understands that.”

Building Relationships

The ballpark will be built on 17 acres of the 42-acre former Miami Orange Bowl site in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.  The outdoor stadium was demolished in 2008.

“There are houses across the street from the ballpark,” the company says. “We’re building in a neighborhood near someone’s home, so we’re working hard to keep everyone up to date with construction activities and our schedule.”

The location also poses challenges to material delivery, as routes have needed to change to accommodate construction and local traffic patterns. In addition to the ballpark itself, crews are also performing infrastructure work in the surrounding area including installing utility lines and rebuilding access roads.

Several of the utility lines are located 24 feet underground, requiring crews to perform work 18 feet underwater as the ballpark itself is only six feet above sea level.

Important Subs, Suppliers

To overcome any project challenges, Hunt/Moss has maintained constant communication with subcontractors and suppliers and taken advantage of building information modeling technology.

“We always try to building relationships with the prime subcontractors and their suppliers to ensure we’re receiving materials on time,” the company says. “We’ve done a good job making sure their needs are addressed in addition to addressing the needs of the project.” Hunt/Moss’ key partners include DKG & Associates Ltd.

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