By: Greg Gesicki, PE
Camelback Ranch – Glendale
Owner: City of Glendale
Cost: $113 million
Delivery-method: Construction manager-at-risk
Construction manager: Mortensen Construction, Minneapolis
Last year's opening of Camelback Ranch – Glendale in Arizona generated considerable buzz in the Major League Baseball world. The Cactus League spring training facility shared by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox is receiving rave reviews for its family-friendly campus, fan-friendly stadium, and eye-popping architecture. In fact, it's a grand slam.
But while much ado has been made over the complex, several other aspects of the project deserve a closer look.
Though built on property owned by the City of Glendale, the facility is physically located within the city limits of Phoenix. Glendale bought the property more than 20 years ago to serve as a buffer zone to an adjacent airport and preclude the construction of facilities that might intrude on restricted air space.