Launch Slideshow

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Big league brokering

Big league brokering

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    FEBRUARY 2008One month into construction the layout of the 150-acre Camelback Ranch – Glendale complex takes shape. Glendale Municipal Airport is at the top of this picture, just northwest of the stadium. Photos: Stanley Consultants

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    MAY 2008Concrete placement begins for major structures. A Southwest flair will eventually be reflected in stacked natural stone walls and an earthy color palette.

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    AUGUST 2008Natural turf is installed on the first of 12 practice fields. A three-acre lake is dug to separate the Los Angeles Dodgers (on the right with turf in place) and Chicago White Sox practice fields. Each team has one field that exactly mimics the dimensions of their home stadium.

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    DECEMBER 2008After 11 months all major elements are in place. With 13,000 seats, the structure on the right is the nation's largest spring training stadium. The outfield was built 12 feet belowgrade to improve sight lines.

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    JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2009One month before opening day, workers concentrate on the final details: sidewalks, painting, signs, equipment installation, and cleaning up. Five concession buildings, 4,000 parking spaces, and an orange grove flank the stadium.

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    MARCH 2009Cambelback Ranch - Glendale opens for its first preseason game March 1 with the White Sox defeating the Dodgers 3-2.

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    A manmade lake separating the two sets of practice fields is charged by the 11.2-mgd Glendale West Area Water Reclamation Facility. Used for irrigation, the lake is stocked with fish. Water is kept from seeping through the sandy desert soil with a 30-mil PVC liner covered with 12 inches of clean native soil ballast.

At times, more than 700 craft workers and 150 contractors and suppliers were onsite during construction. The accelerated schedule required a high level of communication to meet the Feb. 14, 2009, completion date. The fast-track schedule required managing the development of approved designs while phasing the construction of permitted elements. Primavera scheduling software was updated daily to monitor progress and hit completion dates.

“Our greatest innovation was a huge throwback to face-to-face communications — the ability to be open and honest with each other, maintain professionalism, and remain focused on the task while respecting all involved,” says Johnson. “This was a universal goal.”

And it was achieved. Camelback Ranch – Glendale was completed 39 minutes before players were due to arrive. “It felt fantastic,” says Johnson. “It was an unbelievable feeling that we actually did it.”

On March 1, 2009, 11,280 fans poured through the “Walk of Fame” to take in the first preseason game in a stadium complex that honors the historical tradition of the Cactus League, the Chicago White Sox, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth until the White Sox came back to defeat them 3-2.





— Gesicki (gesickigreg@stanleygroup.com) is infrastructure business leader for Stanley Consultants in Phoenix.