Enhancing Greenville’s Field of Dreams

 

Several years ago, Craig Brown, owner of the Greenville Drive and City of Greenville officials had a dream to build a baseball stadium on the south end of main street. A decade later, few could have imagined the impact their vision has contributed to the economic development and rebirth of West End district. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Fluor Field and reinvest in the city’s continued revitalization efforts, Brown decided it was time, to enhance and expand this iconic landmark.

The motivation behind this ambitious $10.4 million project was to amplify the game day experience for fans while maintaining the traditions of this unique sports venue. Our project team consisted of Trehel serving as the general contractor, a design team of four architecture firms along with up to 150 subcontractors on-site each day. Faced with a firm deadline date and working within the confines of a five-month expedited schedule our project team encountered numerous challenges. Enduring inclement weather, multiple design revisions and seven-day work weeks our project team excelled and completed the project on time and within budget.

The phrase “it was a great team effort” is often overused but, in this situation is an understatement! Each team member should be recognized for their outstanding work and commitment to the success of this project. To better appreciate their impressive efforts, the following is a brief scope overview of the work that was performed:

Flour Field Renovations and Expansion

  • Removed existing Main Street and Field Street plazas, replace existing concrete with pavers and brick bands
  • Installed new planters and columns at front entry
  • Moved the Shoeless Joe Jackson statue from the corner of Main St. and Augusta Road and relocated at Main Street plaza at Fluor Field
  • Renovated the team store and created an open space to increase merchandise space
  • Cut 12’ rear opening and install sliding barn doors to give a second entryway into team store
  • Added new Will Call office at front entry
  • Created a Green Monster event space adding roughly 90 seats above the Green Monster wall with a bridge that connects into the Greenville Drive offices
  • Demolished and rebuilt extending ice cream store (Sweet Caroline’s) and team store inside stadium
  • Added 5,300 sf event space (Hubble Champions Club) as an extension of the suite level concourse above third base line
  • The new Champions Club venue features indoor/outdoor capabilities with retractable glass walls, fully condition space, seating overlooking the field and a full bar
  • Constructed 1,100 sf full-service commercial kitchen in the Champions Club for meal prep and service
  • Transformed Greenville Drive’s old offices (2,250 sf) into a season ticket holder (The Front Porch) lounge with bar, seating areas, restrooms
  • Removed metal bleachers down right field line and reinstalled cast-in-place and precast risers for new seats
  • Reconfigured and expanded the existing Mountain Dew Dugout space while also creating a waterproof area
  • Added new section of seats to extend all the way to the foul pole in right field
  • Waterproofed concrete deck at the 500 Club to provide a leak-free Clubhouse area below
  • Added new high-end wood lockers in both home and visitor locker rooms
  • Entire clubhouse area received new paint, carpet, bathroom tile, epoxy floors in showers, and rubber flooring
  • Entire ballpark received new toilet partitions, repaired broken plumbing fixtures, and a coat of new paint
  • All existing signage within the park was removed and refinished or repaired before reinstalling
  • Suite-level restrooms renovated with higher-end finishes, partitions, and fixtures
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing renovations to existing equipment throughout stadium to maintain longevity for future use

Field House Building, 935 South Main Street Renovations

  • Added a 5-story traction elevator to provide floor access for office levels and rooftop
  • Removed existing rooftop concrete pavers and expanded floor area with new ceramic tile
  • Added two restrooms and beverage station to rooftop
  • Installed a rooftop canopy (75’ wide) to provide a weather covered area for the new (2,000 sf) event space
  • Renovated existing space on second floor of 935 South Main Street building to provide a new break room, cubicle areas, executive offices, sales bull-pen and multiple conference rooms for the Greenville Drive

DLR Group, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, McMillian Pazden Smith Architecture and Johnston Design Group provided architectural design services for the Fluor Field and 935 South Main St. projects. Our Trehel construction project supervision team consisted of Jack Weber, Project Manager, Andrew Lewis, Project Engineer and Don Underwood, Chris Frey and Brennon Belcher serving as Project Superintendents.