Primera Knocks One Out of the Park with Cubs Training Camp Tile Installation
Mesa, Arizona’s Sloan Park, completed in 2014, is currently Major League Baseball’s largest spring training stadium, by capacity. Operated by the Chicago Cubs and home to the Arizona League Cubs and the Mesa Solar Sox, the stadium officially seats 15,000.
Located on W. Rio Salado Parkway near Mesa Riverview Park, Sloan Park is both an homage to Wrigley Field and an architecturally modern complement to Arizona’s wide-open, desert environment.
Primera Tapped to Partner with Hunt Construction Group in Building of Impressive New Training Facility
Nearby Dwight W. Patterson Field (Hohokum Park) had been home to the Cubs spring training camp since 1997, but in 2010 the city of Mesa voted to build them a brand-new venue that would be beautiful, spacious and state-of-the-art.
Construction of the $99 million project was headed up by Hunt Construction Group, with Primera installing the over 30,000 sq. ft. of floor and wall tile throughout the facility, including:
- Player development center
- Locker rooms
- Maintenance building
Challenges: Coordinating with Building Contractors and Working on a Tight Schedule
In spite of the 65,000 sq. ft. proportions Sloan Field’s administrative and clubhouse facility, the job was to be completed within a 15-month time frame in order to be ready for opening day in February of 2014.
Hunt Construction Group broke ground in July, 2012 and it was then up to Primera’s skilled team of tile and flooring experts to coordinate with and work around other trade professionals to finish the massive tile installation with the incredible precision and speed the job required.
The Solution: Communication, Professionalism & Know-How
Any new construction project calls for collaboration among several types of trade professionals, including electricians, plumbers, painters, etc., which means establishing good communication and integrated scheduling is key.
Primera prides itself on its ability to produce outstanding results while coordinating and working side-by-side with other contractors in all environments, even on large-scale, high-profile, tightly scheduled projects like Sloan Park.
In spite of the time crunch, Sloan Park was complete and fully operational in time for the opening game on February 27, 2014, thanks in part to role Primera played in finishing their installation expertly and quickly. (Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 2)
Beautiful, Durable and Functional Floor and Wall Tiles Installed Expertly and On Schedule
Since its first game in 2014, Sloan Park has hosted record-breaking crowds and is known for its Chicago-style concessions, its replica of the Wrigley Field Marquee and, thanks to an open path that connects the stadium to the clubhouse, its player accessibility to autograph hounds.
Baseball writer and stadium aficionado Graham Knight writes, “Sloan Park is a splendid place, mixing the best of modern times with historic nods to the Cubs’ iconic confines in Chicago.”
Primera is both proud and honored to have been able to work on a project of this scale and to have contributed to the lasting beauty and functionality of this magnificent, elite training facility.