Cleveland Guardians News: Mortenson Construction to serve as construction manager for upcoming renovation projects

April 21st, 2022

Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Guardians today announced Mortenson, based in Minneapolis, MN, to serve as Construction Manager at Risk for their upcoming Progressive Field renovation projects.

Mortenson has extensive Ballpark/Sports Facilities experience, including in Major League Baseball, recently building Truist Park in Atlanta, and serving as construction manager for the original facilities and recent renovations at Coors Field in Colorado and Target Field in Minnesota. Mortenson also has experience working with Guardians Design Partner Manica, including at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and Chase Center in San Francisco.

Mortenson’s role as Construction Manager at Risk will involve extensive partnership with the Guardians Design Team, and will include, among other things, planning, scheduling, and cost estimating; preconstruction services; oversight of the construction project; and assistance in management of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

The Guardians selected Mortenson with the understanding that Mortenson would commit to maximizing local participation for the renovation projects, a goal that Mortenson has emphasized throughout the selection process. In furtherance of that goal, Mortenson has selected Independence Construction to work with them in providing construction management services.

“We are honored to work with the Guardians and Manica to leverage our extensive sports expertise to carry out the shared vision for the future of Progressive Field. We are also very excited to work with Independence in managing the construction of this significant project. We have been focused on finding the right local collaborators and optimizing the impact of this project on Cleveland-area communities, and Independence’s extensive local experience and knowledge will help us achieve those goals,” said Mortenson Vice President/General Manager Logan Gerken.

“We are excited to work with Mortenson and the Cleveland Guardians to help transform Progressive Field and to ensure that the Cleveland community receives lasting benefits from this project, starting with achieving community benefit goals for economic and workplace inclusion, career pathway support and community engagement,” said Kevin DiGeronimo, principal at Independence.

Team officials expect ballpark renovations at Progressive Field will occur over the next several years, with the work starting at the earliest after the 2022 season concludes. Those enhancements include transforming the left field experience inclusive of the Terrace Club, re-imagining the upper deck concourse, creating a larger, more engaged social space in the seating area behind home plate, and clubhouse/front office building renovations work that helps advance our mission of winning the World Series.

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