Extra Innings Win: In-Season Construction Work at Wrigley Field

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This is the final post on steel construction and the restoration of Wrigley Field. See installments one, two and three if you missed them.

When the Chicago Cubs’ season opened in April new challenges arose for the restoration of Wrigley Field, the kind that come from installing steel during an active baseball season.

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Steel supports and rebar being prepared for below-grade work at Wrigley Field’s new adjacent support building. Image: Jeff Yoders

Expediting of materials moved from Wrigley Field’s green lot moved to a south side steel yard. Steel erection on the new video scoreboard in the right field bleachers took place around game times.

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Work on the bleachers finished in June, and general contractor Pepper Construction is continuing work on a new plaza building adjacent to the park. Work on this new construction building will continue into phase two, and it will provide a spacious underground clubhouse for the players as well as office space and other amenities.

Concrete work is completed for the foundations and the first level basement of the new building. Steel is going up as excavation continues. The steel is completed up to the 6th floor now. Sheathing and building envelope work on the new building will continue through next season.

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Structural steel that makes up the skeleton of the new Wrigley Field support building is being installed while simultaneous work goes on underground beneath it. Image: Jeff Yoders

“This has been so exciting for us,” said Kevin Heatter, project executive for Pepper. “Fans will see some really cool construction while seeing a baseball game. You won’t get that anywhere else. I tell the young kids in the trailer that what you will experience on this job, you will only see every 10 or 15 years if you’re lucky.

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“You will likely never see a project exactly like this again because of the historic nature of Wrigley Field. It’s a unique project in a unique location that requires some of the best minds in our industry to come together to develop creative ways to build it. That’s what makes it a lot of fun. It’s a challenge, sure, but boy it’s what gets you excited in the morning when you come in.”

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