Midland Minor League Baseball Stadium

Midland, Michigan – 750 Tons

A vision will be finally realized by the city of Midland and the Dow Chemical Co./USA of Midland, Michigan; A Minor League Baseball Stadium. A new company was formed, “The Michigan Baseball Foundation” (MBF). The world famous sports architectural firm of “HOK SPORT, INC. was contracted for the design of this Baseball Stadium.

An opening date of April 13, 2007 was established. The famous Lansing Lugnuts will square off against the newly formed Midland Loons.

To make this happen MBF invited 6 local steel companies to bid on this project. The project was bid on a unit price basis. Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation was chosen for their lowest unit price and it’s past project completion performance. The steel package was the driving force; without its’ early completion this project would have to be delayed for another year.

Douglas Steel completed the fabrication and erection, of the 750 Ton, 4 story structure, with metal floor and roof deck, shear studs and miscellaneous iron items, right on schedule, thus allowing other trades to start their work right behind the erected steel and deck. The structure is braced with vertical tube steel and angle bracing, while the entire roof is stabilized with horizontal 2 inch diameter rod bracing with turnbuckles.

The steel was erected with a 150 Ton Manitowoc-555 (triple 5) crawler crane. The project was a 100% tie off, with many other safety requirements as stipulated by MBF, with daily safety and pre-task meetings. Douglas Steel had to work closely with MBF, the Structural Engineer and the Architect. Through daily e-mails and faxed design changes the structure went up quickly.

The outstanding feature of this Stadium is that it will be usable 12 months of the year. A curtain-wall system will allow the upper floors to be enclosed and heated. With the steel structure now in place, we await for the words “PLAY-BALL”!