April 16, 2009

Gwinnett Stadium Opens to the Community

Lawrenceville, GA – April 16, 2009

World-Class Ballpark is Impressive Place for Baseball Fans to Experience the Game

Gwinnett County’s new state-of-the-art venue, Gwinnett Stadium, will officially open to the public on Friday, April 17 when the Gwinnett Braves take on the Norfolk Tides, for the opening of a 10-game home stand.

Barton Malow Company and HKS Architects, Inc. served as the design/build team for the one-of-a-kind Triple-A stadium.

“Today marks a memorable occasion for the Braves organization and Gwinnett County,” said Braves President John Schuerholz. “This world-class ballpark is an impressive place for baseball fans to experience the game and has made possible the return of one of the classic Triple-A franchises to its roots in Georgia.”

The ballpark provides an intimate setting with a total capacity of 10,427 seats. It will ultimately serve as the focal point of a mixed-use entertainment district.

Barton Malow has been constructing national sports venues since the 1970’s. The firm’s portfolio includes nationally recognized projects such as PNC Park, Camden Yards, Coors Field, Minute Maid Park and Turner Field. Among many minor league and spring training facilities, Barton Malow constructed Clipper Magazine Stadium and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, both named "Best Sports Project" in the Best of 2005 & 2006 Awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine. Medlar Field is also the country’s first LEED Certified ballpark and was recently chosen the top Short-Season/Rookie Level Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America.

“Building Gwinnett Stadium is an example of true teamwork,” states Barton Malow Vice President of National Sports, Len Moser. “Given the condensed schedule of just over a year, the only viable delivery option was design/build. This required Barton Malow, HKS, Gwinnett County and the Braves to all buy in to the goals of the project from the start and work collaboratively throughout its duration.”

HKS Architects, with offices in Atlanta, has completed more than $1 billion in construction in the area over the past 20 years. The firm’s minor league projects include Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Ark. (named Ballpark of the Year by BASEBALLPARKS.COM) and Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas (named Ballpark of the Year by BASEBALLPARKS.Com). Additional HKS minor league projects include The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas; Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas; and Stockton Ports Ballpark in Stockton, Calif.

HKS Architects designed the distinctive stadium by extensively researching the history and culture of baseball in the region. According to Fred Ortiz, AIA, senior designer with HKS, the stadium’s unique design reflects a historic retrospective combined with a keen sensitivity to the varied topography and vernacular aesthetic of the local area. “As the first Triple-A baseball stadium in Georgia, the venue incorporates numerous exceptional characteristics that position it as a dynamic and memorable destination for all fans.”

Gwinnett Stadium Features

  • The sports and entertainment destination serves as the nucleus/central point for a future mixed-use entertainment district.
  • The stadium’s design is inspired by historic and memorable baseball parks in the region.
  • Environmental responsibility and sustainability are inherent in the design and construction. HKS integrated recycled content materials throughout facility, incorporated reclaimed water in all restrooms and installed a unique lighting energy management system. Barton Malow recycled over 90 percent of the construction waste during the project.
  • As part of future development, the stadium will include two restaurants overlooking the outfield.
  • A seating bowl with 7,777 fixed seats and a total capacity of 10,427 seats fosters an intimate setting for viewing games.
  • The stadium’s seating bowl concourse and surrounding spaces are designed to blend with the sloping topography of the site.
  • The stadium features 22 luxury suites, a super suite with extra space and two party decks located on the upper level.
  • Lawn seating for 2,500 on the berm is located behind the left-center and right-center field walls.
  • A distinctive feature of the stadium is its 360 degree concourse which enables fans to view the games from all angles.
  • The dynamic roof canopies cover 30 percent of all the fixed seating.
  • The exterior façade of the stadium is composed of materials that were regionally manufactured including brick, glass and cast-in-place concrete.
  • The baseball park has an outdoor area designed to accommodate a variety of family activities.

HKS Principal-in-Charge Mark Hults, AIA, notes the project’s significance to the community. “Baseball defines the American experience like no other. This exceptional ballpark offers an intimate and personal experience for families to come together and enjoy the sport. As a resident of Atlanta, I am proud to have worked closely with the Braves to design a facility that celebrates their distinct brand and complements their top-tier approach to baseball in a vibrant, destination setting.”

“Barton Malow has a long history of being a part of the construction of all the premier sports facilities in the Atlanta area, which includes the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Phillips Arena and now Gwinnett Stadium,” states Moser. “Having such excellent sports venues makes for a more vibrant community and continues to position the metro Atlanta and Gwinnett County area as a sports leader.”

“This ballpark is one impressive facility,” said Richard Tucker, chairman of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. “Our architecture firm, HKS, has blended the state-of-the-art with a sense of history and nostalgia that will place this ballpark among the best in the nation. And, Barton Malow, our construction management firm, has a longstanding reputation of turning such visions into reality.”

About Barton Malow
Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design/build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services throughout North American and Mexico. The ISO quality-certified company has Green Building LEED accredited specialists on staff and is an industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) leader. Niche market specialties include sports and special event facilities, healthcare, educational, federal, energy and industrial facilities.

Barton Malow has a staff of over 1,300 in 13 offices in the United States and Mexico and is headquartered in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Alpharetta, Ga. Annual firm revenues exceed $1 billion. For additional information, visit

About HKS Architects
HKS, Inc., with offices in Atlanta, is among the top-three architectural/engineering firms, operating from 25 worldwide offices. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $45 billion in more than 982 cities located in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 59 foreign countries. For additional information, visit

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, internationally known for its modern sports venues and entertainment projects, has ushered in a new generation of professional sports venues including the Dallas Cowboys’ new venue in Arlington, Texas; Liverpool FC Stadium in Liverpool, England; Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.; and major renovations and additions for U.S. Cellular Field and Dodger Stadium in Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively.