This state-of-the-art NCAA women’s softball facility, located on Georgia Tech’s campus in the heart of Atlanta, is capable of hosting Regional and Super Regional tournaments. Barton Malow teamed with Rosser International to provide design-build services on this project.
Sustainability - First LEED Gold Certified Ballpark in the Country
Sustainability is extremely important to Georgia Tech and Barton Malow. Barton Malow and Rosser worked closely with the Institute to determine the best means of achieving the highest level of LEED certification possible. One example is a 42,000-gallon underground cistern that collects rain water. When full, the cistern can keep the field watered for two to three weeks without rain. Additional features that were incorporated include water efficient landscaping and energy efficient lighting. The project also recycled 96.2% of all construction waste. As a result of these initiatives, Mewborn Field achieved LEED Gold certificaiton - the first ballpark in the country to do so.
Mewborn Field is located on a tight site in downtown Atlanta. It is surrounded by existing structures. “It’s definitely a ship in a bottle,” Project Manager McFadden said. “Take your biggest materials and work your way out.” This was certainly the case when it came to installing the 38,000-pound pre-fabricated press box. The piece required a police escort from Texas to make it to the site, and then could only be brought in through a small parking lot. Strict adherence to the phasing plan resulted in the project being delivered ahead of schedule.
As on all projects, safety was a top priority. Because of the diligence of the on-site team, the project was completed with zero recordable accidents.
Additional features of this project include a new playing field (lights, dugouts, field, fencing, warm up areas, cable supported backstop netting), new stadium (press box, batting tunnel and extensive utilities relocation, PA facilities, roof, bleachers, restrooms and concessions), and landscaping for the entire complex site. All site utilities and site development work necessary for a complete and fully functional complex were included in the scope of work.
In just their first season in the new ballpark, the Lady Yellow Jackets hosted both Regional and Super Regional NCAA tournaments.