Nationals Park – MLB Washington Nationals


Ballpark Design And Construction Program Management

In late 2005, after the successful effort to persuade Major League Baseball to relocate the Montreal Expos franchise to Washington, instead of a host of competing localities, to become the Washington Nationals, Events DC engaged B&D along with McKissack & McKissack and Turner, to provide program management services for the design and construction of a new $611 million major league baseball park. As the owner’s representative, we implemented the first use of the Modified Design-Build delivery method on a major scale. This method heightened the role of the architect as direct advisor to the owner and elevated the priority of design excellence, while still achieving the schedule and cost management goals for which the Design-Build method is typically employed. We managed the project from design through a record 22-month construction period. In doing so, we helped define the program for the next generation of MLB ballparks, coordinated the design input of the DC government and the Washington Nationals, secured zoning and other public approvals, and negotiated a guaranteed maximum price with a builder within the city-mandated cost cap. The project faced several unique challenges: as the first LEED Silver certified “green stadium” in America, as a new model facility for ADA compliance in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the new home for the national pastime in the nation’s capital. It also achieved what was, at the time, a new record of economic inclusion, exceeding 50% of program dollars committed to certified local, small, and disadvantaged businesses. Nationals Park opened on time and on budget in March 2008, when a sold-out crowd and a nationally televised audience watched the host Nationals win their first regular season game in the new ballpark with a two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth-inning home run. The project has since received numerous industry honors, including:

• Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine Best Sports & Entertainment Project
• DCBIA National Award of Excellence, Public Sector
• AGC of America Build America Award
• AGC of Metro Washington Contractors Award, New Construction
• USGBC Award of Excellence
• Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards
• Alliance to Save Energy, America’s Top Energy-Efficient Baseball Stadiums