Saturday, December 8, 2007

D.C.'s new ballpark shows the possibilities

By Rick Morris

For the benefit of anyone like myself who is interested in how ballparks and stadiums are built, we bring to your attention this blog posting from Engineering News Record that shows you how the new baseball park for the Washington Nationals has been progressing. Given a short timeframe by the ballclub and the municipal managing authority (for the record, I am still opposed to the corporate welfare that publicly managed stadium/arena firms represent, although that is not especially germane to the story of how this is proceeding), the various design and construction entities came up with a gameplan that can only be deemed revolutionary for its use of computer models (saving two months on the structural steel work alone) and other vastly efficient methods. Check out the account of how this park is coming together as it is a very interesting read.

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