A highly visible City of Tacoma project revamping and expanding a 50-year-old baseball facility into a modern, fan-focused home of the minor league Tacoma Rainiers. The City of Tacoma wanted to expand the existing stadium to enhance the total fan experience at Cheney Stadium, a division of the City of Tacoma’s Department of Public Assembly Facilities.
A design-build project with a tight budget and a schedule of only 210 days, the scope included major demolition and complicated shoring work. The project retained the existing field and a majority of the concrete seating bowl. Introduced was a new steel support structure, two levels of luxury suites, field level box seats, a signature glu-lam roof structure, new dugouts, bullpens, locker rooms, restrooms, kitchens, and concessions. Design decisions were accelerated to allow early steel procurement and permitting with construction put on a fast track because all work had to be completed by opening of new season. The ballpark’s wooden exterior, extending to 75 ft. high at its peak, is indicative of a ballpark that was built to be geographically relevant.