We have some new renderings for a proposed Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) ballpark, as some value engineering is applied to the project after an initial round of bids.
The revisions from Odell Associates came after initial bids for more than $9 million over budget. That led to some value engineering and a slightly different look for the ballpark. From the Augusta Chronicle:
The first detailed renderings of the suburb’s $144 million development — for which the stadium is the centerpiece — reflect efforts by architects Odell Associates and contractors to value-engineer the project after initial designs came back $9 million to $10 million over budget, Glover said.
Changes include lowering the height of an elevator tower that was to include a clock, which saved the project $100,000, and raising the field a few feet above street level instead of recessing it 10 feet down, which encountered water table and other issues….
The renderings reveal a several-story outfield building over left field that likely will become condominiums with river views. A hotel and outfield restaurant in the designs also will have river views, he said.
The ballpark’s position looks to be slightly shifted, as a good poke to right field could end up in the Savannah River.
Here are some other looks at the new design.
The minor-league ballpark is part of Project Jackson, a $144-million development that also includes a hotel and conference center, retail and residential. The project has been opposed by a local citizen, whose legal attempt to derail the project ended up with a loss in court. He has since appealed to the state Supreme Court. A 2016 opening date will hinge on how quickly the state Supreme Court can address the issue.
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