Project Profiles: Sports Facilities

Metl-Span’s CF30 architectural panels in two colors with a smooth finish were installed on the sides, bottom and back of the video boards.Metl-Span’s CF30 architectural panels in two colors with a smooth finish were installed on the sides, bottom and back of the video boards.

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Retrofit Team

Wall-panel Installer: All-American Exterior Solutions, Lake Zurich, Ill.

Metl-Span’s CF30 architectural panels in two colors with a smooth finish were installed on the sides, bottom and back of the video boards.

Metl-Span’s CF30 architectural panels in two colors with a smooth finish were installed on the sides, bottom and back of the video boards.

Materials

All-American Exterior Solutions built enclosures for new video boards behind the bleachers in left and right field. The video board in left field is 4-stories tall, providing more than 3,900 square feet (42 by 95 feet) of high-definition viewing pleasure for fans.

Metl-Span’s CF30 architectural panels in two colors with a smooth finish were installed on the sides, bottom and back of the video boards. The panels were also installed to enclose adjacent elevator areas. The colors are Gettysburg Gray to match the back of the historical scoreboard in center field and Scoreboard Green to match the front of the scoreboard and the exposed steel studs supporting the new video boards.

Mike Underwood of All-American Exterior Solutions says Metl-Span’s CF30 panels helped the Cubs save time and money. “Because the CF30 is an air and water barrier, it could be installed directly to the stud framing,” he notes. “That eliminated the need for gypsum board and a separate air and water barrier, which allowed us to get everything enclosed much faster and at a significant savings.”

Wall-panels Manufacturer: Metl-Span

The Retrofit

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, currently is undergoing a multi-phase, $575 million restoration and modernization program dubbed the 1060 Project.

Underwood jumped at the chance to be a part of the 1060 Project. “I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life,” he says. “I gave them a blank bid sheet, they could pay whatever they wanted.”

Underwood is joking, of course, but he was excited to be a part of the restoration and modernization of Wrigley Field. All-American Exterior Solutions has worked on several sports facilities in the Windy City, including practice facilities for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls. “That’s one of our niche areas—sports facilities,” Underwood says. “They are prestigious projects, but they come with their challenges, given very tight timelines for completion. No one likes waiting around for someone else, so we worked some long days, some weekends, trying to get it all done as soon as possible.”

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Chicago Cubs/Stephen Green. ©2015 Chicago Cubs. All Rights Reserved.

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