From Madison Square Garden in New York to the soccer stadium of the city of Dortmund in Germany: HOCHTIEF builds, extends and upgrades one-of-a-kind temples of sports and culture. A home for stars, a place for emotions.
This is where boxing legends Ali and Frazier fought each other and where internationally renowned musicians have been coming and going for decades. HOCHTIEF subsidiary Turner originally built this "home for heroes," also known among fans as the “world’s most famous arena,” in 1962, completing the recent transformation in 2013. Project executive Mark Pulsfort says: "I have great memories of going to Ranger games and concerts at Madison Square Garden throughout the years—fun times that made working on the transformation project that much more rewarding. [...]
[...] Going to events now and seeing the excitement and enjoyment of the fans, from the new HD video boards to restaurants, to all the history memorialized in art work, is amazing." The transformation project included a redesigned Seventh Avenue entrance, restoration of the world-famous ceiling, installation of more seating with improved sight lines, and wider and more spacious public concourses and concessions with added seating areas and views of the city. "It was definitely worth every drop of sweat," Pulsfort says. Now it's up to the ice hockey Rangers and basketball Knicks to let sweat flow here.
Dreams do come true, you simply have to be patient. For Dave Masel, a lifelong fan of the U.S. National Football League team San Francisco 49ers, the big day came in 2012 when he got the chance to manage construction on Levi's Stadium—the team’s new Santa Clara home. "What do you need from us?", the owner of the 49ers asked him back then, and gave Masel free rein: "This is your stadium until you give me the keys. It has to open. You do what you gotta do,” he said. Masel took that message to heart, and worked flat out, along with his team, to deliver the facility. [...]
[...] After a short two years, the result is a LEED Gold-certified stadium that seats 68,500 spectators (jumping up to 75,000 for special events). It features a 2,500-square-meter green roof atop the suite tower, solar arrays, live dashboards where fans can monitor the stadium's energy usage, reclaimed wood in owners' suites, reclaimed water systems, and more. "We set a lot of speed records," Masel says. By using the digital construction management system Building Information Modeling (BIM) [link to BIM], Turner was able to put in 65 kilometers of underground conduit and drainage pipes and water lines before driving one pile for the arena's foundation. "This project was a lucky strike for me. I got to build my dream project. You never get to do that."
"Where else but Turner could a public school kid from the Bronx, New York, have the opportunity not only to work on Yankee Stadium, but to help lead the project as an executive?" asks Joe Byrne, laughing. "And I wasn't alone—25 percent of the workforce on the job was also local, from the Bronx, and I know they felt the same." After breaking ground in the summer of 2006, the team turned over the new home of the New York Yankees in 2009. "The stadium is a legacy project for the city, and it's also a legacy project within Turner," adds Byrne, now vice president and operations manager of Turner in New York. [...]
[...] For Byrne, the project marks a shift in Turner's approach to technology tools. "On Yankees, we really began to see the incredible benefit, and potential, of virtual trade coordination with Building Information Modeling (BIM) [link to BIM]," he says. The stadium seats well over 50,000 fans between tiered seating and 56 luxury boxes and suites. And, visitors who leave their seats to get a snack or something to drink at the concession concourses never miss a minute of play as all lounges and dining areas feature TV screens or views of the field—including the Hard Rock Café.
The 2014 refurbishment and conversion of the Orlando Citrus Bowl, now known as Camping World Stadium, was carried out with the same dazzling speed as an attack by the Buffalo Wild Wings who call the stadium home. "When we talk about what makes this project unique, it's all about the speed," says Shannon Hines, senior vice president at Turner. His team faced the particular challenge of having to work within an existing building structure. The project included complete removal of the lower seating bowl, addition of a mid-level seating bowl, and construction of a 360-degree club level. "We were working right up through the morning of the day of the first game. Everyone got in there and rolled up their sleeves to work as a team and get it done," says Shannon. Afterwards, Citrus Bowl was ready for the herd of buffalos again.
Redevelopment to modern standards, honoring tradition, with no interruption to game operations—Turner accomplished this feat at the State Farm Center in Chicago in 2015. Originally constructed in 1963, the facility included a large number of historic details that had to be preserved, explains construction executive Robert Bursack. [...]
[...] An "engineering marvel" is how he describes the dome roof wrapped in almost 1,000 kilometers of tightly pulled steel wire. Honoring the original design while altering and expanding the structural concrete was a "unique challenge", Bursack says. Fans and visitors to the redeveloped arena can now feel the benefit of the high standards that are usual in state-of-the-art arenas around the world.
We are not talking about any other basketball arena here: Originally built in 1928, Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and nicknamed "Indiana's basketball cathedral". Maybe the fact that the facility served as host to the first USSR-USA basketball game was one of the reasons for this nickname. "Hinkle is so well known in Indy. It's really a place of pride to the people here which made it a great project to be a part of", says project engineer Milaina Thompson. "Part of the work we did was just getting back to the original feel of Hinkle." During the most recent restoration, completed in 2014, Turner demolished individual areas and brought the concourses back to their original configuration. The brick masonry was also repaired. Thompson says: "The space has a more original feel now."
The Signal Iduna Park is known for its explosive atmosphere, which regularly finds its climax at the ‘Revierderby’ against Schalke 04—touted as the Mother of all Derbies. As it turns out, the stadium nicknamed the “temple” by local fans could have blown up in the literal sense during one of its recent renovations, when construction workers found an undetonated World War II aircraft bomb just below the halfway line. But that’s par for the course in the Ruhr area. Today, the venue located on Strobelallee is the biggest and one of the most beautiful stadiums in Germany—with a capacity of exactly 81,360, a glass façade, undersoil heating and the largest stand in Europe. [...]
[...] The epicenter of Dortmund’s soccer history holds almost 25 000 fans. As part of expansion phase one in1997, HOCHTIEF had increased the capacity of the west and east stands by 6,000 places respectively thanks to the addition of a further upper tier. The second expansion phase in 1999 saw the capacity increase to 68,600, before works on the expansion of the corner areas finally got underway in 2002. A highly demanding engineering challenge was the construction of the stadium roofing. The corner pylons inside the stadium, which supported the roof, were replaced by eight externally installed and 62-meter-high yellow steel pylons—which have since become a highly visible landmark in the Dortmund skyline.
HOCHTIEF has created nothing short of an “Area of Sports” in Mönchengladbach’s Nordpark—centered around the Borussia Park stadium as a WM suitable venue and including the club’s administration building with soccer college and restaurant, the fan shop, the training grounds and the club’s own parking spaces. The stadium is the result of collaborative efforts and an open dialog with Borussia Mönchengladbach from the very start to ensure the result meets the exact requirements, and budget, of the Bundesliga club. [...]
[...] “At weekends, we were often joined at the drawing board by the then President, and a construction engineer in his own right, Adalbert Jordan, to deliberate on the feasibility of optimizations,” relates Helmut Kölzer, who was one of the supervising HOCHTIEF managers at the time. The cable supported truss design with pylons framing the back is a cost-efficient structure that ensures an unobstructed view from every angle. Further cost savings were made by lowering the pitch by a fraction and so reducing the stadium’s overall height. Kölzer: “And the fans are right up close to the action.”