In an effort to enhance both fan experience and offer more services to fans, the Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority constructed a major renovation to the Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Enthusiasm for the team has increased to a level where they have out grown the current stadium and need to offer more fan amenities. This will not only provide additional revenue streams, but also allow the stadium to fall within Major League Baseball’s stadium guidelines.
The new and renovated facility is 27,500 sq. ft. and includes two floors and program space that includes a new front office, commissary, staff offices, team store, tailgate restrooms, kitchen, banquet hall, bar, suites and an elevated club level exterior seating area.
Boldt completed all of the masonry needed on the project renovation. The exterior of the stadium matches the existing split face block of the original stadium and the exposed structural steel and cement board siding will add new dimensions to the exterior and complement the block hardscape.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM was utilized throughout the design process to convey design intent to the owner through the use of three-dimensional imagery. It also enabled quicker buy in from the owner for a major redesign effort, early in the design phases, to bring the project back within the targeted budget.
A key challenge for the project was to complete the renovations from last pitch to first pitch between baseball seasons. This short schedule duration of just over six months forced fast tracking of many items, constant project coordination, weekly collaborative scheduling sessions and implementation of Lean principles.