The New York Yankees recently threw an irresistible pitch to ACE students in the Bronx, N.Y. The challenge? To prepare and present a design concept for Monument Park, a special section in the new Yankee Stadium that will memorialize the team’s greatest heroes.
Students and their mentors – architects, engineers, construction managers and others, all of whom are deeply involved in building the new stadium – are meeting regularly at the new stadium’s construction site, where they have steeped themselves in Yankee lore and assessed the design challenges posed by the new site. After studying the Yankees’ specifications for the park, they visited the existing memorial in the current stadium, where they took measurements, photographed key features and noted special details.
The group then divided into four teams, each of which developed ideas and presented them to the whole group. After deciding which ideas to develop further, the students are now working in smaller teams on a broad array of “real life” disciplines, such as structural engineering, electrical and mechanical system design, ADA access design, retail planning, model-making, construction estimating, purchasing and many others.
The goal is a “grand slam” design that will incorporate some of today’s most advanced technologies, while appealing to traditionalists and new generations of fans alike. The early work has brought immediate cheers from the Yankee organization, which recognized the 19 students and their mentors with a special announcement during one of the Yankees’ games.
“With the help of the New York Yankees and many of the companies involved with the stadium construction, our students are getting an unprecedented opportunity to observe and participate in a historic construction project,” commented Tishman Speyer’s Peter Chorman, team leader for the group. “This is exactly the type of ‘hands on’ experience we are trying to provide for students in order to get them involved and excited about a potential career in ACE industries.” And long after the new “House That Ruth Built” has been finished and the first real pitch has been thrown, the students will have the satisfaction of remembering what it was like creating ways to honor the greatest Yankees of all time.