Big milestone for the St. Louis Cardinals, who held a topping-out ceremony with developer Cordish Companies on the Ballpark Village development adjacent to Busch Stadium.
A nearly one-hundred foot long A-frame roof truss was carefully lowered into place on the northern end of the retractable skylight roof opening to symbolically mark the ceremonial end of the structural steel work on the project. Hundreds of construction workers, along with officials with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cordish Companies and Ballpark Village construction manager Paric signed banners affixed to the beam before it was raised into place to help mark the occasion.
“While today marks a significant milestone, there is still a great deal of work to be done to be ready by Opening Day 2014,” said Cardinals President William DeWitt III. “Today was really about pausing briefly to say thanks to all of the workers who are helping make Ballpark Village a reality.”
The construction team has made significant progress on the project since breaking ground earlier this year, including making significant street improvements around the site, demolishing the Bowling Hall of Fame and Stadium West Parking garage pedestrian bridge, removing the old Busch Stadium pile caps, grading the entire 10-acre site, and installing all of the underground utilities to support the development of the full 10-acre, seven square block project.
“Our structural steel work is nearly complete and the buildings will soon be enclosed,” said Chase Martin, Ballpark Village Development Director. “Our work moves inside as we focus on tenant build out.”
The complex features a Anheuser-Busch brewpub/beer garden, the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, a Cardinals Nation bar (complete with rooftop bleachers) and PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar as anchor attractions slated to be part of the entertainment and retail establishment next to Busch Stadium, on the footprint of the former Busch Stadium.
Rendering courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals.
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