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Few people spending a lazy afternoon watching the Class AAA Sacramento River Cats Baseball Club play its latest opponent on the emerald outfield and clay diamond of Raley Field realize the frenetic activity that took place in order to complete the stadium for the River Cats.
Season ticket holder Gary Ordway is one of those few people.
Ordway, project manager on the Raley Field project for general contractor JR Roberts Corporation in Citrus Heights, California, calls the construction of the ballpark in West Sacramento, "One of the greatest challenges of my life."
He says, "This was a project that would usually take a year and a half to two years to complete, and we had to have it done in eight months, from clearing the site to putting on the finishing touches."
Built for the baseball-hungry Sacramento area - the largest minor league baseball market in the country - the $40 million stadium stats tell only part of the story. Built on a 17-acre site, Raley Field boasts 11,000 theater-style seats, seating for 3,000 in the landscaped berm area, 400 club seats, and additional seating in the 35 suites. Materials included over two-and-a-half million pounds of steel, 100,000 square feet of sod, 1,200,000 pounds of crushed brick on the warning track, 90,000 pounds of special clay mixture for the infield skin, and 35,000 square feet of
Parex finish. The ballpark is located across from the landmark Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River from downtown Sacramento. From their seats, fans enjoy dramatic views of the downtown skyline and Capitol Building. The ballpark features 35 suites.
The challenge was putting this all together in a fast-track situation. Merely clearing the area for the stadium presented its problems. Demolition on the first 11 of 12 buildings went well. The final one, which housed a chemical distribution company, threw a wrench into the works. Once demolition began on that building, it was found that some of the company's underground fuel tanks had rusted out and leaked fuel into the water table. This meant a massive remediation program had to be undertaken, including drilling monitoring wells, and putting in a system for circulating the water through two immense filtering units and pumping it back underground.
If needed, this versatile sheet membrane can also serve as a waterproof membrane, insuring that floor surfaces in large master baths allow no water to leak beyond or below.
Because of the time restraints the initial design was changed from steel H-columns to poured-in-place reinforced concrete columns, and supporting the suite level with prefabricated steel trusses. Pouring 58 reinforced concrete columns in such a tight space, when the rebar cages alone weighed about 1900 pounds each, became a major challenge. It was, however, a challenge that was met and conquered.
And then the rains came. The uncured block being shipped to the site had to be protected from the rain. If it got wet before it fully cured, the colors would run. Two huge tents were erected to house the block. One tent, 50 X 80 feet, covered the block being used for the main structure. A smaller 40- X 40-foot tent was used to house the block for the separate groundskeeping and umpire locker room facilities. In addition, all the scaffolding was tented to keep the blocks and block layers - who had been recruited from as far away as Florida and Chicago in order to keep crew numbers to the maximum - from getting wet as the blocks were being laid.
Of course, everyone, including all the subs, had to buy into the idea of getting the job done on time, no matter what it took.
"The GC wanted to make sure that whoever took on the job could get it done in a very quick manner, since it was such a fast-track project," says Joe McCray, president of McCray Plastering in West Sacramento, who applied the
EIFS. "That meant we had to work on whatever section happened to be ready at the time. We weren't able to start at one corner and go all the way around, as you would on most jobs. Whatever they would get ready, you'd have to jump in there and get that part done. By the time they framed it and lathed it, something might hold up an area and they'd have to jump 100 feet, so we'd have to jump with them."
The job called for Parex DPR Synthetic Finish over cement. McCray says one pump could keep up with the cement, and then the Parex finish was applied over that.
Parex DPR Synthetic Finish is a 100% acrylic-based textured finish. The DPR (Dirt Pick-Up Resistance) formulation means the surface of the finish hardens and does not soften again under heat. The non-tacky surface provides high resistance to accumulation of dirt, mold, and pollutants.
Parex DPR consists of a 100% acrylic polymer binder base with surface-hardening properties, pure crushed rust-free marble aggregate and titanium dioxide pigment base. The product is integrally colored with high quality pigments in Parex standard or custom colors, and exceeds EIMA recommendations.
"The Parex acrylic finish hides a lot of cracks, and the end result looks like the area has been painted when you get through," says McCray. "The major difference is the color is integrated into the finish, so it doesn't need periodic repainting the way a painted finish would."
McCray also notes that on a job that has to be completed in such a tight time frame, product availability is an extremely important factor in the success of the project.
Parex has a network of hundreds of distributors conveniently located throughout the United States.
"One of the reasons I use Parex
more than material from any other manufacturer is that I can always get the material on time," he says. "Since they're in (nearby) Stockton, I can get the material overnight. It can take up to a week to get it from other manufacturers. I can literally call up
on Monday and pick it up on Tuesday. If I need support, it's close by."
A veteran at coming through in tough situations, the Parex
DPR Synthetic Finish exceeded expectations in its first year with the River Cats at Raley Field.
"I've seen foul balls ricochet off the plaster walls with incredible force, with absolutely no damage whatsoever to the plaster," says Ordway. "And I'm not the only one to notice it. I've heard comments from other folks as well, who seem to be a little surprised at how durable the finish is."
There are times when he may well be the only person in the stadium who truly understands how much work went into completing the River Cats' home on time. But that just makes it that much more special for Gary Ordway.
"Even now I'm amazed at what happened there when I go out to watch games," he says. "It took the efforts of over a thousand hard-working people to make it happen. And if we had had any one key person not giving 100 percent, we never would have pulled this off."
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