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New Cubs' Spring Training Facility Taking Shape In Mesa


With spring training in the rearview mirror and the 2013 Major League Baseball season in full swing, work continues at a fever pitch at the Chicago Cubs Riverview Park facility in Mesa.

The new facility, scheduled to be ready for the 2014 Cactus League season, is a collaborative effort by the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs to create a year-round destination near the Loops 101 and 202 interchange in northwest Mesa.

The 140-acre project is transforming the Riverview Municipal Golf Course into a new 15,000-seat stadium, six ball fields, and a 63,000 SF clubhouse.

General contractor is Hunt Construction Group; architects are Populous and the Phoenix office of DWL Architects + Planners.

The stadium design has the old-fashioned feel of the Cubs’ home at Wrigley Field, blended with a distinct desert character. Most of the seating will be shaded and below existing ground level. The stadium seating bowl is depressed about 15 feet below existing ground level.

The clubhouse features the largest weight training and conditioning space of any spring training facility, separate locker rooms for the major and minor league players, and a 120-seat theater for team meetings. It will also house the Cubs’ West Coast business offices.

Riverview Park, east of the spring training facility, is being renovated with a 24-foot deep lake and an east-west paseo linking it to the new stadium. Its many amenities — fishing, picnicking, kids adventure playground, soccer and softball fields — will offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy the remaining day at the park after attending a ball game.

Also in the works is the development of the Wrigleyville West commercial district located next to the new stadium.

Work on the $90M project began in March 2012. The clubhouse is expected to be completed by September, with the stadium expected to be completed by December.



New Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station Opens in Bullhead City


The Mohave County Airport Authority in conjunction with the Laughlin Bullhead International Airport officially opened the new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station.

The Darryl E. Thompson Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is a new, state-of-the-art fire station serving the airport. Its location, at the center point of the runway, gives firefighters equal-distance access to all points of the airfield.

D.L. Withers Construction is general contractor for the $5.9M, 14,000 SF facility. The project was designed by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. and DWL Architects + Planners.

The facility incorporates the current and future anticipated growth requirements for the airport, and it will serve as a key design element in the planned future passenger terminal to the south.

The site posed a unique design challenge. Because it is located approximately 50 feet down the side of a mountain, nearly 75,000 cubic yards of material had to be hauled off. In perspective, that would be the size of a baseball field 22 feet deep.

This design challenge led to the placement of a second-floor public entrance and airside access from the first floor.

DL Withers’ expertise in projects of this type resulted in the project budget and schedule coming in at the anticipated costs and timeframes. At nearly 14,000 SF, the building is a fully self-contained facility with three apparatus bays, sleeping quarters, kitchen and training accommodations.

A distinctive feature to this station is the second floor Crisis Command Center, which overlooks the entire airport and serves as the operations room during emergency disaster drills or actual events. Additionally, this facility will serve as a back-up to the Airport Tower in the event the main tower becomes incapacitated.


Populous, Hunt Construction Picked For New Cubs Facility

The City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs announced today the top rankings and selected firms for the master planning, programming, design, and construction consultant services for the new Chicago Cubs spring training and western headquarters facility as well as the general contractor for the project pending successful negotiations and contract agreements with the both companies. The top design firms in rank order were Populous, 360 Architecture Inc./Arrington Watkins Architects and HKS. Populous was selected as the top ranked design firm based upon the qualifications of both the firm and the team members designated for the project.

“We are excited to have had so many qualified and interested firms participate in the review process.” City Manager Chris Brady said. “This is an exciting and important project for the City and the Cubs and we are confident that the selection committee has made the best choice for all involved.”

Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport, located in Kansas City, Mo.,, has been involved in the design of 118 new ballparks which includes 22 major league spring training facilities. Some of their more recent projects include: Red Sox Spring Training Complex in Florida, Goodyear Spring Training Complex, Peoria Sports Complex, Surprise Recreation Campus, and Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park Player Development Complex in Mesa.

Populous has teamed with several qualified local firms such as DWL Architects in Phoenix and the EPS Group in Mesa. EPS Group Inc., a civil engineering firm and Saemisch DiBella Architects will work with Populous on the new facility.

“Our approach to this project is based on our team’s collective experience through the years – designing ballparks, living and working in the city of Mesa, working with the Cubs and creating destinations and memories,” Populous principal David Bower said. “To us, this project is more than design. It’s creating connected moments through the culture of the game, the spirit of the people and the emotion of the day.”

The top firms in rank order for construction of the new facility to be built at Mesa Riverview Park were Hunt Construction Group (Hunt), Barton Malow, Mortenson Construction and Bernards/McCarthy a joint venture. Hunt was selected as the top ranked firm based upon the qualifications of both the firm and the team members designated for this project.

“With Hunt selected as the general contractor for the project, we believe we have a qualified and excellent team to build not only a quality spring training facility but one that will rank among the best of the best.” Brady said. “I am pleased that Hunt has developed a Local Business Participation Plan and a Local (Mesa) Subcontractor Participation Program to maximize local Mesa participation.”

Hunt, whose corporate headquarters are in Scottsdale, is ranked No, 1 in Sports by Engineering News-Record magazine. Hunt has built more than 150 structures throughout the state including four stadium and arena projects: Chase Field in Phoenix, US Airways Center in Phoenix, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, and Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott. Since completing Chase Field in 1998, Hunt has completed more than 40 Sports Facilities including 13 Major League Baseball stadiums and six Spring Training/Minor League Facilities.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to build this new facility for the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs.” Hunt Vice President Robert Hart said. “With more than 30 years in this market and the dozens of sports facilities we have built, we bring experience, longevity and innovation to this project. Our focus will be as it always is, to deliver a quality product, on time and on budget.”

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