Built in 1924, Soldier Field was the oldest NFL stadium in use. After searching for sites for a new stadium, the Chicago Bears decided that renovating the current stadium was the best solution.
The renovation is a prime example of complex construction on a restricted site. With virtually no staging area, the project involved essentially placing a new stadium inside the shell of the old one – with only a 20-month schedule.
To accomplish this goal, our project team managed an average of $1 million of construction per day at the height of construction. This includes over 150,000 cubic yards of excavation, 2,200 steel piles, 40,000 cubic yards of concrete, 2,915 tons of rebar, 310,000 SF stadium precast, and 575,000 SF metal deck.
The stadium holds 63,000 seats, including 8,600 club seats, and 133 luxury suites. It includes a 100,000 SF club lounge, retail stores, restaurant, and 2 underground garages accommodating 4,000 cars. The $150 million steel portion of the project that included 13,000 tons of structural steel was delivered on time and within budget. The team's ability to employ advanced technology and project management techniques earned it multiple awards, including the Associated General Contractors and Aon Construction Services Group's "Oscar" - the Build America Award.