Feb. 13, 2013
As Turner Construction Company puts the finishing touches on the new Fowler Park at USD, the company celebrates its many successes achieved during the construction. Turner greatly appreciates the opportunity to construct this first class ballpark, working closely with the USD facilities staff and Athletic Department in a very collaborative environment. Turner completed Fowler Park on time and within budget, ensured the construction process and outcome was environmentally-responsible, and maintained the safety of the construction team at all times. With construction nearly complete, crews have worked nearly 54,000 hours on the project over 9 months, with zero lost time accidents. Turner also achieved a 94% recycle rate on the project.
Opening just in time for the upcoming 2013 baseball season, the new Fowler Park greatly enhances the architecture, facilities, amenities, and overall baseball experience for the highly regarded USD Toreros. The new Fowler Park will be home to Cunningham Field, built in the 1960s. The new $13.8 million facility includes new seating for 1,700 fans, a state-of-the-art clubhouse facility for the players and coaches, two luxury suites with high end finishes and indoor/outdoor seating, a press box, public restrooms, concessions, ticket office, new stadium lighting and scoreboard, kids playing area and family picnic space, as well as new playing field, and synthetic turf. All of these facilities combine into a one of the top collegiate baseball venues on the West Coast to be enjoyed by fans and players for many years to come. This baseball park celebrates one of the top baseball programs in the Country.
Constructed with local and recycled materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a sustainable site design, the project is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. LEED certification is an internationally-recognized certification system which provides third-party verification that a project was designed and built to decrease the overall impact to the environment. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED projects must meet certain prerequisites to be certified.
USD selected Turner Construction Company to manage the construction of Fowler Park partly due to its commitment to green building. Turner was recently ranked by Engineering News-Record as the top construction firm in the nation for Green Building. With 1,345 staff nationwide accredited by a third party (such as the USGBC) as knowledgeable in the practices of green construction, Turner has more than double the personnel of all other construction firms who are dedicated to building sustainably. Multiple tiers of managers on the USD Fowler Park project are all LEED Accredited Professionals knowledgeable in sustainable building practices, including the Project Executive, Project Manager, and the Project Engineers.
In addition to implementing green building practices into the construction project, Turner also set up its jobsite office in the EcoPort Trailer. This unique trailer, formerly stationed at the San Diego International Airport for the Green Build project, features nontoxic and formaldehyde-free plywood, low E double insulated glass, DC powered lights in lieu of AC (uses 45% less energy than fluorescents), solar and wind-generated power, flooring made from soybean byproducts, and a composting toilet.
David Holland, Construction Executive for Turner Construction Company, said, "It is very rewarding to take Turner's national expertise in building sports facilities and apply it on a collegiate level for a school that celebrates both academic and athletic excellence."
Shawn Rosenberger, Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction Company, San Diego, said, "We believe that stewarding our environment is our responsibility. We aim to be eco-conscious not only because it is often a high priority of our clients, but also because it is a high priority of our own."
The design team for this project included: POPULOUS; Burkett & Wong Engineers; Latitude 33; Michael Wall Engineering; M.A. Engineers, Inc.; KTU+A PLANNING + LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE; and Nova Services. Key subcontractors included: Naton Engineering, Inc.; Hayward Baker; Morley Construction Company; Wilkiams & Sons Masonry, International Iron Products; The Brady Company, Inc.; Dynalectric Company; Geyer Plumbing; National Air; Cosco Fire Protection; Spooners Woodwork, Howards Rug, Rouse Company, General Coatings; Heinaman Contract Glazing; Brickman Landscaping, and ValleyCrest Landscape Development
Turner Construction Company is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902 in New York City, Turner has 5,200 employees worldwide and works on 1,200 projects each year, for an annual construction volume of $8 billion. As the largest general builder in the United States, Turner ranks first or second in most of the major market segments of general building construction, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company, and one of the world's leading international construction service providers. For more information, please visit Turner Construction