Atlanta, GA -- The Atlanta Braves started a new chapter in 2017 as they officially moved from Turner Field to the newly constructed SunTrust Park.
Turner Field, which was their home for nearly 20 years and host to the 1996 Olympics, was relatively new at just 20 years of age. However, it would require nearly $350 million for renovations and fan improvements if the Braves decided to maintain their lease. In order to compete with other stadiums with popular fan destinations, including shopping and entertainment facilities – along with increased parking and a better location – the Braves chose to move forward with construction of the new stadium.
Construction of the new state-of-the-art facility incorporated a gamut of Oldcastle architectural products, including over 9,000 square feet of Belgard pavers. The plaza and walkways included 7,750 square feet of Mega-Bergerac® pavers in Fossil Beige and 1,350 square feet of Holland Stone pavers in Gray Granite. The Mega-Bergerac pavers feature a distinctive hand-cobbled look to add an elegant touch to the project, while the Holland Stone pavers feature a traditional rectangular shape to provide classic accents.
In addition to the Belgard pavers, the project incorporated multiple products from additional Oldcastle brands. The design of SunTrust Park centers around the use of brick and precast stone, both of which give the stadium a timeless look that fits in with similar popular patterns in the southeast. Products from Oldcastle include:
- Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®: interior clear tempered glass and CRL Hardware, glass doors, laminated front glass for suites, and exterior curtain wall framing and exterior glass.
- Oldcastle Architectural (Georgia Masonry Supply): 135,000 pieces of Trendstone and Trendstone Plus Architectural Block, and 300,000 pieces of Grey CMU block for the stadium construction.
- Oldcastle Precast: two custom designed precast StormCapture stormwater detention systems to retain rainwater runoff.
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