Archive for October, 2009

Home plate put in place at ONEOK Field

Monday, October 26th, 2009

TULSA, Okla. – Bringing baseball to downtown Tulsa reached the seventh inning stretch today as the Tulsa Drillers and Manhattan Construction Company moved home plate from Drillers Stadium to the new ONEOK Field.

Representatives from The Drillers and Manhattan joined Mayor Kathy Taylor, ONEOK CEO John Gibson and Tulsa Stadium Trust Chairman Stan Lybarger for a two-part ceremony at Drillers Stadium and ONEOK Field.

“Today is a day to remember the history we’ve shared at Drillers Stadium,” said Drillers President Chuck Lamson. “It’s also a day to look forward to the future at ONEOK Field.”

After the shovels hit the dirt, Lamson, Drillers Head Groundskeeper Gary Shepherd and Drillers mascot Hornsby carried home plate to a waiting helicopter that transported the “dish” to its new home in downtown Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District.

“This is a great day for Tulsa, downtown and the Greenwood District,” said Tulsa Stadium Trust Chairman Stan Lybarger. “We are already beginning to see the positive impact ONEOK Field and downtown development are having on our city, and I am confident the ballpark’s impact will continue to grow as the stadium opens in April.”

The construction of ONEOK Field is proceeding on schedule and is set to open for the first game on April 8.

“Constructing a ballpark is a significant undertaking, and I want to commend our employees and contractors for their efforts that have allowed us to remain on schedule and within budget,” said Manhattan Construction Company Project Executive Bob Jack. “The layout of the entire field, including the positioning of the bases, pitching mound and fence, is designed around the home plate location, so final placement of home plate represents a major milestone in the ballpark construction.” 

Manhattan and its subcontractors recently reached a significant milestone in the construction of ONEOK Field, having completed more than 150,000 work hours without a lost-time incident.

“This is reflective of the value that Manhattan places on safety and wellness throughout the company,” said Jack. “We are very proud of this accomplishment and continue striving to maintain a safe workplace for everyone.”

Manhattan Road & Bridge Wins Two ABC Eagle Awards

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Manhattan Road & Bridge Co. received two bronze eagle honors from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Oklahoma at the organization’s Excellence In Construction Awards dinner in October. Manhattan won the top honor for projects in the following categories:

  • Infrastructure/Heavy-Emergency Restoration for work on state highway 20 and Keetonville Hill
  • Infrastructure/Heavy Over $10 million for construction of I-540/Perry Road Interchange

Companies affiliated with Manhattan Road & Bridge also received bronze eagles. Manhattan Construction Co. took home five and Cantera Concrete Co. took home two. All are subsidiaries of Manhattan Construction Group.

In all, Manhattan Construction Group companies won nine awards which are now eligible to move on to ABC’s national competition. Winners at that level will be announced in February at the association’s annual convention in San Diego.

Manhattan Construction Wins Five ABC Eagle Awards

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Manhattan Construction Co. received five bronze eagle honors from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Oklahoma at the organization’s Excellence In Construction Awards dinner in October. Manhattan won the top honor for projects in the following categories:

  • Commercial Over $100 million Mega-Project for Downstream Casino Resort, Quapaw, Okla.
  • Health Care $5-15 million for Saint Francis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 5th Floor Children’s Hospital, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Other General Construction for Bizzell Memorial Library Fire Suppression Phase II, Norman, Okla.
  • Health Care Under $2 million for Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Institutional $1-2 million for Holy Family Cathedral Renovation, Tulsa, Okla.

“Manhattan is proud to be a part of the ABC awards and proud of the five projects we were awarded,” said Manhattan project executive Steve Ludwig. “We are especially proud of the Downstream Casino and Hotel. This $150 million project had the casino portion complete in under 11 months from start to finish and then completed the 222-bed hotel four months later.”

Two other companies affiliated with Manhattan were also honored with Excellence In Construction Awards.

Manhattan Road & Bridge Co. received top honors for:

  • Infrastructure/Heavy-Emergency Restoration for work on state highway 20 and Keetonville Hill, Okla.
  • Infrastructure/Heavy Over $10 million for construction of I-540/Perry Road Interchange, Okla.

Cantera Concrete Co. received honors for:

  • Other specialty Construction – Cast-in-Place Concrete for Muskogee Community Hospital, Muskogee, Okla.
  • Other specialty Construction – Precast Concrete $2-5 Million for Great Plains Prison, Hinton, Okla.

In all, Manhattan Construction Group companies won nine awards which are now eligible to move on to ABC’s national competition. Winners at that level will be announced in February at the association’s annual convention in San Diego.