Barton Malow Co. could oversee the construction of a new downtown Fayetteville ballpark, as a committee is recommending the firm.
Officials have been soliciting bids for the construction of the facility, which is set to open for a Houston Astros-owned Carolina League franchise in 2019. Barton Malow was one of the companies to submit a bid for the project, bringing with it a deep portfolio in stadium/ballpark construction that includes Columbia, SC’s Spirit Communications Park, the facility that Fayetteville has cited as a model for its project.
It was that level of experience that seemed to resonate with committee members, who are seeking a firm that can begin construction this summer. More from The Fayetteville Observer:
“The committee had decided this company had a vast amount of experience in their speciality,” Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin, who leads the committee, said after the unanimous vote.
The City Council members last year visited Spirit Communications Park in the Palmetto State’s capital city, and they have spoken highly of the stadium.
Barton Malow, which has about 300 employees in the Southeast, has built 10 other minor league ballparks; seven Major League stadiums and eight spring training facilities. That list includes the Atlanta Braves’ new home opening this spring, Sun Trust Park.
“Thank you for the opportunity,” Len Moser, vice president for Barton Malow, told the committee. “We are very excited to stand here and give you our qualifications.”
The Fayetteville City Council will consider the contract on Monday.
The ballpark project is currently budget at $33 million. Until the new facility opens, the team will pay as the Buies Creek Astros at Campbell University’s Jim Perry Stadium.
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