Wrigley Field, the second-oldest baseball stadium in the country, opened in 1914. Soon after the Ricketts family purchased the ballpark and its main tenant, the Chicago Cubs, in 2009, plans were set in motion to significantly upgrade the deteriorating structure, expand the facility, and enhance its amenities.
The project was ambitious, and the list of improvements extensive: improving the building’s foundation, restoring and reinforcing the core structure, rebuilding the bleachers, restoring the historic marquee, reconstructing the façade, upgrading player facilities, adding premier clubs and fan amenities, improving concession and restroom availability, installing new digital outfield signage and video boards, adding modern media facilities, and converting the parking lot into a plaza and six-story office building with a new underground clubhouse.
Platinum Award Winner
BUILDING TEAM Pepper Construction (submitting firm, GC) The Ricketts Family (owner)
CAA ICON (owner’s representative) Populous, Stantec (architects) Thornton Tomasetti (SE) ME Engineers (ME) Terra Engineering (CE) Details 970,000 sf Total cost Confidential at owner’s request Construction time October 2014 to April 2019 Delivery method CM at risk
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