Archive for May, 2014

New Player Development Academy At Lee County Sports Complex Complete

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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Spring Training Home of the Minnesota Twins Debuts New Residential Training Facility.
Construction is being managed by Manhattan Twins Joint Venture, a partnership between Manhattan Construction Company, Chris-Tel Construction and Casey Construction.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lee County and the Minnesota Twins unveiled today a 56,923-square-foot residential Player Development Academy. The facility will serve the Minnesota Twins year round and is part of $48.5 million in upgrades to the complex — $42.5 million contributed from Lee County and the remaining $6 million from the Twins – that will be completed in full by February 2015.

 “The Twins new Player Development Academy is truly state-of-the-art and will help us create a strong competitive advantage in developing players throughout our Minor and Major League system,” said Bill Smith, Twins Assistant to the President & General Manager. “We are truly thankful for the tremendous partnership that we have developed with Lee County over the past 25 years, and we look forward to continuing our relationship here in Southwest Florida for years to come.”

The three-level Player Development Academy features a first floor common space, full-service dining, meeting rooms, from 10-seat spaces to the 220-capacity Champions Hall, classrooms and a game room for players. The facility also includes two floors of residential space to be used by players and staff with 58 total rooms, 54 of which are double occupancy and four are single rooms. The new residential space will provide a more efficient, year-round, multi-discipline training center for players and staff. In addition to the new Player Development Academy, construction on a new practice field is on schedule for completion in August.

Player Development Academy

“We are excited the Twins are expanding their facility. We hope it’s as exciting for the players who will be staying at the new academy as the improvements for the fans at Hammond Stadium are,” said Lee County Commission Chairman Larry Kiker.

The Player Development Academy is only the third of its kind in Major League Baseball to provide on-site housing for young professional players, along with communal living spaces to promote education, nutrition, team building and premier training resources.

The first phase of the renovations at Lee County Sports Complex were unveiled in February 2014 and included renovations to the Minor League clubhouse and administrative areas, an agility field, an expanded seating capacity, from 8,000 to 9,300 seats, a new parking lot and the completion of a 360-degree boardwalk and concourse. 

The second phase of renovations, scheduled for completion in February 2015, will include upgraded and expanded concourses, improved concessions, renovations to the restrooms, premium seating improvements, the expansion of the clubhouse, a new retail store, new spaces for group seating and renovations to the administrative offices and the media facilities. All of these upgrades will benefit the Twins and their minor league affiliate Fort Myers Miracle.

“The Player Development Academy is an important addition to Lee County Sports Complex for the Twins. While the fan experience and additional upgrades to Hammond Stadium are critical, it was a priority for the team from day one to provide the best resources available to aid in player development,” said Bruce Miller, Principal and Project Manager at Populous. “The Academy accomplishes this and is truly unique – there are very few other MLB teams that have a residential component at their Spring Training complexes, and even fewer who have this much square footage, communal space and amenities. I’m confident the Academy will be a differentiating factor for the Twins.”

The Player Development Academy and renovations at Lee County Sports Complex are designed by Populous, a global sport architecture firm, and construction is being managed by Manhattan Twins Joint Venture, a partnership between Manhattan Construction Company, Chris-Tel Construction and Casey Construction.

“It was an honor to build a first-of-its-kind Player Development Academy for and with our community,” said Peter Hayden, Manhattan Twins Joint Venture project director. “At the of peak construction, we had more than 200 construction workers on site daily. We contracted 80% of phase one with local Lee and Collier County businesses and are on track to contract 92% of phase two to local businesses.”

To learn more about Lee County Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium, visit Lee County Parks & Recreation’s website at www.leeparks.org.   

 

 

Todd Fultz Joins Manhattan Construction as Vice President of Central Florida

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Manhattan Construction Co. Vice President Todd Fultz

Tampa, Fla. – Manhattan Construction Co., a top nationally-ranked construction firm, has announced that Todd Fultz has joined the firm as vice president of the central Florida region. Fultz, a Tampa-area native, will oversee pre-construction and construction services from Manhattan’s Tampa office and is charged with ensuring a positive construction experience for the firm’s clients.

During the last 15 years, Fultz has managed construction for more than half a billion dollars in projects in the hospitality, corporate office, multi-family, retail, aviation, education and sports market sectors. Prior to joining Manhattan Construction, Fultz served as project executive for DPR Construction.

Fultz is heavily involved in Tampa area organizations. He serves on the local boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Associated Builders & Contractors and The Jesuit High School Foundation. He is also on the Transportation Committee of Westshore Alliance and is a member of Leadership Tampa – Class of 2013.

Fultz holds a bachelor of science from M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainsville, Florida. He is also a graduate of Jesuit High School.

About Manhattan Construction

Manhattan Construction Company, an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC), was founded 1896. The 118-year-old firm has grown into one of the most respected construction firms in the nation. In last two years, Manhattan has received 50+ industry honors for quality and safety. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges, pipeline and civil works. Manhattan works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information about Manhattan, please visit: www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com.

George W. Bush Presidential Center Honored at the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals Awards

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

George W. Bush Presidential Center built by Manhattan Construction

Dallas – Manhattan Construction Company has been awarded three “Best Real Estate Deal” awards from the Dallas Business Journal awards program for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, Texas.

The Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals awards program honors top projects ranging from real estate, community impact to top deal of the year in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. The George W. Bush Presidential Center received the honor of being nominated for three of the 16 different categories.

Manhattan Construction team members were present at the awards night to take home the title of “Best Green Deal” and “Community Impact Deal.” To honor the “Best Deal of the Year,” the judges looked at all nominated projects to find the one that truly stood out from the others. There to present the final award to the George W. Bush Presidential Center project team was Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Manhattan Construction was the general contractor on the Robert A. M. Stern Architects designed Presidential Center. The Center has been a growing impact in to the Dallas community and has been recognized for its sustainability and design features.

The awards were presented at the Dallas Business Journal event in the evening of April 29, 2014 at the Manhattan Construction build Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

About Manhattan Construction:

When Laurence H. Rooney founded what is now Manhattan Construction Group in Oklahoma Territory in 1896, he built his business and reputation for trustworthiness and dependability through consistent performance. These same timeless values have enabled Manhattan to grow and prosper into one of the most respected construction firms in the nation. The firm’s operating companies are Manhattan Construction Co., Manhattan Road & Bridge, Manhattan Pipeline, Spectrum Contracting and Cantera Concrete Co. Manhattan is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 U.S. domestic builder and in last two years has received 50+ industry honors for quality and safety. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges and civil works. Manhattan works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information about Manhattan, please visit: www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com or connect with us on twitter @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.

Manhattan Construction Group Expands Operations To Include Pipeline Building

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Group, a top nationally ranked construction firm, is expanding its civil, road and bridge construction operations to include pipeline construction services. The firm announced today it has acquired Danny Wright Dozer & Pipeline, Inc. (DWDP), a pipeline construction firm based in Hinton, Oklahoma.

 The newly acquired operation will be known as Manhattan Pipeline, LLC.

“Manhattan Pipeline will provide a broad range of services to the oil and gas pipeline industry as well as to regional utility companies,” said Kevin P. Moore, president of Manhattan Construction Group. “The addition of this operation and its capabilities will enhance our civil construction service portfolio and expand our presence into this growing market.”

DWDP was originally formed in 1990 by Danny Wright. The firm has 90 employees. Employees will be offered the opportunity to transition to Manhattan Pipeline. 

About Manhattan Construction:

When Laurence H. Rooney founded what is now Manhattan Construction Group in Oklahoma Territory in 1896, he built his business and reputation for trustworthiness and dependability through consistent performance. These same timeless values have enabled Manhattan to grow and prosper into one of the most respected construction firms in the nation. In last two years Manhattan has received 50+ industry honors for quality and safety. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, roads, bridges, pipeline and civil works. Manhattan works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information about Manhattan, please visit: www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com.