Archive for October, 2010

Manhattan Construction honored with Excellence in Construction Award for ONEOK Field

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

TULSA – Manhattan Construction Co. has been honored with the 2010 Excellence in Construction award in the Institutional/Sports Arena Over $25 million category by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma for the ONEOK Field Ballpark project in downtown Tulsa. The company was also presented with the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Platinum Award, in recognition of exceptional safety training, active employee involvement, innovation and management commitment.

Manhattan oversaw design and construction of the 6,500-seat ONEOK Field project, completing the design-build service in only 14 months. During construction the team stayed on schedule through unusually wicked weather, including blizzard conditions, ice, rain and a bitterly cold winter. Manhattan handed the keys over to the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team to their new home six weeks before opening day.

“We enjoyed a sincere spirit of collaboration on this project,” said Bob Jack, Manhattan Construction’s Tulsa area manager. “The entire team deserves credit for its success – the Tulsa community, the Drillers organization, designers, subcontractors and vendors.”

“The Tulsa Drillers would like to congratulate Manhattan Construction on the Excellence In Construction Award,” said Chuck Lamson, Tulsa Drillers president. “Bob Jack and his entire team did a tremendous job building ONEOK Field.”

“The end result speaks for itself as ONEOK Field is a new jewel in downtown Tulsa and allowed the Tulsa Drillers to set a Tulsa professional baseball record attendance of over 408,000 fans,” said Lamson. “In addition with our many hospitality areas, we have been able to host over 100 additional non-Drillers events. Once again thank you and congratulations to Manhattan for a well deserved honor!”

Manhattan’s design-build team included Populous, an architecture firm specializing in sports design. The ONEOK Field design includes fixed seating for 6,500 fans, 23 luxury suites, large party decks and terrace seating for 3,000 people.

ABC’s Excellence in Construction program recognizes innovation, quality and vision by a building team. Projects are judged on a safety, personnel management, quality control, scheduling and degree of difficulty in completing a project. The awards were presented at the organization’s Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet on October 14th at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Manhattan tops out UNT Football Stadium project

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Denton, Texas – Manhattan Construction Co. has “topped out” the construction of the new University of North Texas (UNT) football stadium in Denton, Texas. A “topping out” is celebrated when the highest point of the construction project is reached and the final, upper most piece of steel is put in place. The construction crew at UNT’s new football stadium hoisted up the last steel beam to the roof of the structure’s press box. The event celebration took place on October 15th.

The new stadium will host UNT events and serve as a venue for community events, outdoor concerts, high school games and band competitions for the entire North Texas Region.  The project is targeting U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Gold Certification for this project. 

The project is scheduled to complete in time for the 2011 football season.  UNT’s Mean Green Football Stadium will be constructed with the capability to expand the stadium seating from 30,000 to 50,000 seats.

The stadium design includes:

  • 760-seat club level
  • Touchdown Terrace and increased tailgating space
  • Bowl seating close to the field
  • First-class concession areas
  • State-of-the-art video and sound systems throughout the concourse
  • Dramatic player pavilion at the south end zone where players will run onto the field
  • A full-service club level with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating 
  • Luxurious private suites
  • North grand stand will resemble the tail features of an eagle

Origin of the name, “Mean Green”
The name “Mean Green,” still in use after 43 years, was adopted by fans and media in 1966 for a North Texas football defensive squad, Joe Greene who finished the season second in the nation against the rush.  That school year, “Mean Joe Greene” was a sophomore at North Texas and played left tackle on the football team.  As of 2010, Greene is the only football player from UNT to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Manhattan Construction Co. selected to build new Houston Dynamo Stadium

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The Houston Dynamo organization has selected Manhattan Construction Co. to build Houston’s new 22,000-seat, Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium.  The construction cost is estimated at approximately $60 million and preliminary site work is scheduled to begin in January, 2011. It is anticipated to open for the 2012 MLS season.

“We’re very happy to have selected Manhattan Construction Co. as the builder of our stadium”, Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti said.  “Manhattan has an excellent track record, not only in our community, but also in the country as one of the premier stadium-developing organizations.  We look forward to getting the construction process started quickly so our team can begin playing in their new home by the first half of 2012.”

The new stadium will be located in downtown Houston and will include 34 luxury suites, 1,000 club seats, and a stadium club. The stadium design includes both an upper and a lower bowl with roof canopy structures on both sidelines and a stage canopy at the south end.  The facility will provide an opportunity to host other events including but not limited to international soccer matches, U.S. national team matches, the NCAA College Cup, high school soccer matches, and high school football playoff games in addition to concerts, other championship sporting events, and special events. 

“As a fan-minded builder we share the excitement of what the facility will mean to the Houston community, Major League Soccer and the Houston Dynamo organization,” said Duane Duffy, Manhattan Construction Co. executive vice president. “This is a distinctively bold stadium design that will become an iconic Houston landmark and we are honored to have been selected to build it.”

This will be the fourth professional team sports facility to be constructed by Manhattan in Texas. Manhattan is known for building high-profile, technically difficult mega projects like Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, with the first retractable roof stadium in the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, which is recognized as one of the world’s most important sports venues. The firm also constructed Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and is currently building the University of North Texas Football Stadium in Denton.

ICON Venue Group, Inc. is serving as owner’s representative for the Houston Dynamo Stadium project. The architect is Populous and the structural engineer is Walter P Moore.

About Manhattan Construction Company
Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction Company is ranked as the number one sports complex builder in Texas by McGraw-Hill’s Texas Construction Magazine. The company’s $15+ billion project portfolio includes sports stadium, office, healthcare, government, higher education, K-12 school, laboratory, aviation, religious, museum, library, transportation, condominium, convention, casino, entertainment, and hospitality facilities. Manhattan builds projects throughout the Southwest and East regions of the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The firm’s services include Manhattan’s trademarked Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, and design/build. Manhattan operates from offices in Dallas and Houston, Texas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; and Mexico City. For more information, visit

About the Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo is a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first four seasons and represented the United States in four consecutive regional championships. For more information, visit

About ICON Venue Group
ICON Venue Group is the leading Owner’s Representative firm in the sports and entertainment industry providing the full spectrum of venue development services including project feasibility, financing, site selection and acquisition, facility programming, design development, construction phase management, venue commissioning, sponsorship sales and servicing, and start up operations. ICON has worked with both public sector and private sector clients and has managed several of the most successful arena and stadium projects in the world. ICON Venue Group has demonstrated expertise in designing, constructing, commissioning, and operating projects for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS franchises totaling over $3 billion. For more information, visit

About Populous
Since inception in 1983, Populous has grown into the world’s leading design firm dedicated exclusively to creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences. The firm has completed more than 1,000 projects around the globe with construction value exceeding $20 billion. Populous has worked with 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 80 professional and civic arena clients, 40 global soccer and rugby teams, 120 universities, 40 convention center clients, 29 equestrian clients and has planned more than 30 major worldwide events.  For more information, visit

About Walter P Moore
An international engineering and consulting firm, WALTER P MOORE has been recognized throughout its long history for superb client service, engineering excellence and innovation. For more information, visit