Feb. 24, 2012
Go to SiebertField.com to make a donation to the new facility.
University of Minnesota Athletics today announced the selection of DLR Group as the design team and PCL as the general contractor for the construction of Gopher baseball’s new Siebert Field. The project executive committee and the University of Minnesota’s office for Capital Planning Project Management made the selection. Along with the design team announcement, the athletics department also announced its grassroots fundraising campaign for the project, Siebert Field-The Final Pitch.
“Being able to announce this next step in the Siebert Field process is a great day for Gopher baseball,” head baseball coach John Anderson said. “With this announcement, Gopher baseball will be able to begin building our vision of a new on-campus stadium. Although we have not completed the fundraising process for a competitive Big Ten baseball facility, we are excited about this next step towards a new home. Working hand-in-hand with PCL/DLR, we are looking forward to putting a solid stadium foundation in place that can be further developed as funds become available. We will continue to seek donations so that we can incorporate those items that truly fulfill the fan and student-athlete experience.”
PCL Construction Services (Burnsville) is part of the PCL family of companies, the seventh-largest general contractor in North America. Since opening its Minnesota office in 1978, PCL has been involved in the construction of many notable Twin Cities landmarks, including the Mall of America, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena renovation, the Ameriprise building in Minneapolis, and the Wells Fargo Tower in Saint Paul.
PCL has also built national sporting venues including the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Football Stadium, the Home Depot Center and Staples Center in Los Angeles. DLR Group (Minneapolis) is an interdisciplinary design firm with a nationally recognized sports practice for intercollegiate baseball and softball stadiums. DLR has designed Louisiana State University’s Alex Box Stadium, UFCU Disch-Falk Field at the University of Texas, PK Park at the University of Oregon, the University of Nebraska’s Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, and Penn State University’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
“It was a very tough selection process,” associate athletics director Scott Ellison said. “We went through an intensive review process of the request for proposal and an interview process. We felt that PCL/DLR did an outstanding job and met our needs the best. With their experience in building previous baseball facilities, we look forward to working with them to create a first-class facility here at Minnesota.”
Gopher Athletics also announced that it is beginning its grassroots fundraising campaign for the new Siebert Field. This phase represents an opportunity for anyone to participate and support of the project. Supporters of Gopher baseball can contribute at any monetary level. For more information about getting involved, please visit siebertfield.com or by calling the Golden Gopher Fund at 612-626-4653.
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