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Thursday, March 14, 2019

 

Polar Park PHOTO: Screenshot of video illustration released by Worcester in January

The City of Worcester Selection Committee named Gilbane Building Company and Hunt Construction Group as construction managers for Polar Park, the home of the Worcester Red Sox. 

“Although the Worcester Red Sox are not voting members of the Selection Committee, members of our front office sat through all five candidates’ exceptional presentations. We support the Committee’s recommendation and look forward to working with the Gilbane-Hunt team, which has both deep experience in sports and baseball and substantial local ties,” said the Worcester Red Sox in a statement.

The Worcester Redevelopment Authority will vote on the recommendation at its next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 a.m. in the Levi Lincoln Chamber of City Hall.

Polar Park is scheduled to open in Worcester’s Canal District in April of 2021.

A groundbreaking for the project is set to take place in July of 2019.

About Gilbane and Hunt

Gilbane has completed projects at venues such as Fenway Park and Cleveland’s Progressive Field, while Hunt has worked on nine Triple-A facilities across the country and over 30 Major League ballparks.

The two companies together have completed projects such as the Connecticut Convention Center and Rentschler Field. 

“With the addition of Gilbane-Hunt as Construction Manager, we’ve assembled the final piece of our All-Star Team that will bring Polar Park to life in April 2021,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “Their impressive resume of work both nationally, and locally here in Worcester, really speaks for itself. I extend my sincere thanks to the Selection Committee as well as the Worcester Red Sox for their work in evaluating the proposals.” 

Gilbane has also completed 20 projects in Worcester, including the Sports and Recreation Center, Parking Deck/Playing Fields and Residence Hall/Garage at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in addition to the Worcester Trial Court Complex, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, the parking garage at Union Station and the construction of North High School.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee was made up of the lead architect from D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects, a representative from Skanska, the owner’s project manager, and three City staff.

The Committee reviewed five proposals and interviewed all the firms before making a recommendation to the WRA based on qualifications.

As a condition of the contract, Gilbane-Hunt is fully committed to the WRA’s Responsible Employer & Inclusionary Participation Policy, claims the City of Worcester in the announcement.

 

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