A new $58.1-million stadium comes to Gwinnett County, Georgia, to house the Atlanta Braves' AAA minor league baseball team.
The ballpark, with a capacity of 10,000, is the center point of a mixed-use entertainment district, featuring new hotels, shops and restaurants. Although the structure itself was designed to be a scaled-down version of the major league stadium in Atlanta, the field layout will have the same
dimensions as the larger stadium to give players a chance to experience games on a standard-size field. In addition to the challenging design of this project, the concrete contractor, Precision Concrete Construction, Inc., also faced a fast-paced construction schedule – work started in June 2008 and was completed by opening day in April 2009.
To achieve the historic ballpark aesthetic specified for the structure, Precision used Doka's framed formwork Frami to construct many of the stadium's exposed columns, which required a smooth finish so they could be water-blasted and painted. In addition, Doka's proximity to the site (the company's office in Lawrenceville, Ga., is located only a few miles from the new stadium) allowed for quick turnaround on orders and design changes, which proved invaluable in keeping the project on schedule.
The world-class stadium is an impressive place for baseball fans to experience the game, and returns one of the classic AAA franchises to its roots in Georgia.