PCL, DLR Group to Rebuild Gopher Baseball Field
Burnsville-based PCL Construction Services and Minneapolis-based DLR Group have been selected to rebuild Siebert Field, home of the University of Minnesota's Gopher baseball team.
On Tuesday, the two firms jointly made the announcement. Construction will begin in June on the new $7.5 million outdoor stadium, which will include a 2,300-square-foot grandstand with an open concourse, grass seating, an upgraded ticketing area and press box, an artificial playing surface, and a new entry plaza. The firms said the project will also include improved concession and restroom facilities and new lighting.
The existing structure, which is 41 years old, will be demolished-and the new stadium will be built on roughly the same footprint. Plans call for the playing surface to be completed this fall so that the baseball team can use it for practice at that time.
“This is a unique project because, in September, our players will take batting practice and do drills on the field while a full-scale construction project takes place outside the foul lines,” John Anderson, head baseball coach at the University of Minnesota, said in a statement. “It's a challenging project with a condensed schedule, but one of the reasons we chose PCL Construction and DLR Group is because we know they are up to the challenge. After several years of playing home games at the Metrodome, we are very excited for our baseball team to be able to play on their own field once again.”
PCL and DLR are no strangers to the University of Minnesota campus. In 2009, the two firms collaborated on a project that involved replacing the court floor at Williams Arena.
Other local landmarks that PCL has built include the Mall of America, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Central Library, and Graves 601. It has also built several national sporting venues, including the University of North Carolina football stadium in Charlotte, the Home Depot Center at California State University in Carson, and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, DLR has designed dozens of stadiums across the country, including Alex Box Stadium at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, PK Park at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and the University of Nebraska's Hawks Field in Lincoln.
“The new state-of-the-art design for Siebert Field will stay true to the University of Minnesota's style and preserve the overall feel of the original stadium, while the upgrades will improve both the fan and player experience,” DLR Group Principal Jeff Fenimore said in a statement.
PCL Construction Services is part of the PCL family of companies, which claims to be the seventh-largest general contractor in North America. The Minnesota office opened in 1978, and the firm employs between 200 and 300 local construction professionals.
DLR Group is part of the DLR family of companies, which has offices coast to coast and in China. It offers architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design services.