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Barton Malow, Linbeck land design/build contract for new Sugar Land ballpark

Sugar Land SkeetersThe team of Michigan-based Barton Malow and Houston-based Linbeck landed the preferred design/build contractor designation from Sugar Land (Texas) for the construction of StarTex Power Field, the new home of the Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League), pending a final agreement on terms.

Fourteen companies submitted proposals for the Design/Build contract, and Sugar Land selected five finalists in September 2010.

Both names should be familar to those in the baseball industry. Barton Malow has been building ballparks since the 1930s with Navin Field, and more recent projects include Coolray Field, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and Goodyear Ballpark.

Linbeck is a Houston-based construction management company offering construction management at-risk, design/build and related construction services. The firm also has a sports-architecture lineage, serving recently as the Project Manager/Tenant’s Representative for the design and construction of Reliant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

The $30-million ballpark is being built with sales-tax revenues dedicated for economic development purposes. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2011, with the ballpark ready for opening day in April 2012.

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