With a spring construction start date for an April 2012 opening day, the minor league stadium now has a builder. “We are about to begin construction on our first class, triple-A caliber baseball stadium, which is our family oriented amenity,” said Mayor James Thompson at the state of the city address held at the Sugar Land Marriott. “We are planning to begin construction in March this year,” he said, “at the new StarTex power field.”
The City of Sugar Land announced the contractor selection of what it calls the preferred Design/Build contractor last week for construction of its minor league baseball stadium northeast of State Highway 6 and U.S. 90A. The city said negotiations on final costs are underway and a final decision is expected next month.
Barton Malow/Linbeck will be both the general contractor and the design professional. The Design/Build contractor system the city is using is intended to minimize project risk by establishing a guaranteed maximum cost and reducing the delivery schedule by overlapping the design and construction phases of a project, according to the city. It said that 14 companies submitted proposals for contract consideration, and the list was narrowed down to five finalists in September.
Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Barton Malow Company documents Navin Field of the 1930’s as its first sports project. The company with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion provides construction management, design-build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services.
Linbeck, which is Houston-based, is a construction management company that has been in business since 1938. It is set up to help clients minimize risk and waste for achieving optimal results. One of those was Reliant Stadium, considered a world-class, state of the art multipurpose sports and entertainment facility. The company served as the Project Manager/Tenant’s Representative for its design and construction.
Mayor Thompson credits many with the soon-to-be baseball stadium reality and said that “without the community and support, and those that really believe in what we are doing, this would never be possible.”
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