Tons: 7,400

Contractor: American Builders 2017

Owner: Cobb County Purchasing Department

Architect: Populous

Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore

SunTrust Park for the Atlanta Braves

Cobb County, Georgia

Hirschfeld has finished fabricating 7,400 tons of structural steel for the new SunTrust Park – Atlanta Brave’s new ballpark in Cobb County, Georgia – opening in April of 2017. This ballpark has a seating capacity of 41,000 with a higher percentage of seats closer to the field than any other MLB ballpark. The General Contractor is American Builders 2017 – a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction.

This stadium like all others had its own unique challenges to overcome. To accommodate an expedited schedule and reduce erection time, Hirschfeld went beyond normal industry practice by assembling and shipping various structural components in assemblies reaching lengths greater than 80’ and widths greater than 17’ that required more than 60 permit loads to ship. Of these components, and one of the more prominent architectural features of the project, were the four light towers. The light towers were fabricated in four 30’ to 50’ sections, fully assembled in the shop to a total length of 160’ to ensure proper fitup, disassembled, and then put on the road for a four to five day trip to Atlanta. The result was a significant reduction in field time as well as an elevated standard of quality by executing the work in a controlled shop environment.

Another structural component that benefited from the added shop assembly were the Terrace Level trusses. A total of 43 trusses ranging in weight from 11 tons to 30 tons were fully assembled, painted, and shipped from Abilene, Texas, to Atlanta as permit loads to support a two month erection schedule.

Stated Doug Hall, Project Manager of American Builders 2017: “The new Braves Stadium, Suntrust Park, is a state of the art facility that was constructed facing an unheard of fast-paced schedule and a high demand for quality. The only way it is possible to be successful on a project of this magnitude is to team up with the right partners. Hirschfield Industries met the challenge, and delivered a first class product.”

In June of 2016 a “topping out” ceremony was held, a construction tradition symbolizing that the final and highest beam of a building project has been put in place. After it was signed by Braves executives and staffers as well as Cobb County government officials, the 33-foot-long beam was hoisted about 150 feet to its position as part of the structural support for the stadium’s canopy. As part of the “topping out”, an American flag and a tree was attached to the beam before it was put in place. While the tree used is typically evergreen, the Braves opted for an ash tree because that’s what the team’s bats are made from, said Marc Dyer, Senior Project Manager for Hirschfeld.

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