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Turner Field - Atlanta Braves Stadium

 

Atlanta, Georgia

 
  INDUSTRY: Sports & Entertainment
  SERVICE AREA(S): Scheduling/Project Controls
 
 

 

The Challenge

The Draper Approach

Results Realized

 

 

 

The Challenge

A major legacy from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games was the Olympic Stadium (and its conversion to a baseball stadium following the Games). The conversion consisted primarily of building out dugouts and locker room facilities in the otherwise undisturbed southern end of the stadium and demolition and major construction in the northern end. To reconfigure the stadium from an oval to a baseball diamond shape, the northern end was demolished, creating a large plaza behind newly constructed outfield seating. In the resulting plaza area a three-story multipurpose building, a retail outlet, a two-story restaurant and bar, and two concession pavilions were constructed. The type of construction was structural steel covered with brick with precast trim and glass.

When it appeared that construction was six weeks behind schedule and meeting Opening Day for the 1997 baseball season was in jeopardy, DRAPER & ASSOCIATES was retained to develop recovery schedules and to get the project "back on track." At the time, steel erection wasn't complete, precast deliveries were intermittent, and only 10,000 of 350,000 bricks had been laid.

 

The Draper Approach

Following their initial inspection and with only eleven weeks remaining until baseball season, Draper & Associates immediately initiated weekly Job Coordination Meetings refocusing attention on the construction schedule by using Draper-prepared Overall Project Completion Schedule and Near Term Schedules. This scheduling/rescheduling process proved how critical the barely-started brick masonry and brick pavers were to timely project completion. The schedule dictated an immediate change to multiple masonry shift work on a 7-day per week basis. Although winter weather forced some protective measures, the remaining critical 340,000 bricks were installed in 5 weeks, even as structural steel, including the scoreboard and signage above the buildings, was struggling to be completed in accordance with the revised schedules.

 

Results Realized

In this particular instance, where there was an absolutely fixed completion date that had to be met, all schedule slippage had to be stopped and an improved construction rate adopted. This was achieved by many extra hours committed in both planning and implementation. The results were remarkable. No City of Atlanta, Fulton County, or OSHA standards were compromised as the new Turner Field hosted the New York Yankees before an overflow crowd on March 29, 1997.

 
   
 
   

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