Nationals Park – MLB Washington Nationals

Washington, DC

Ballpark Design and Construction Program Management

In late 2005, after the successful effort to persuade Major League Baseball to relocate the Montreal Expos franchise to Washington, instead of a host of competing localities, to become the Washington Nationals, Events DC engaged Brailsford & Dunlavey, along with McKissack & McKissack and Turner, to provide program management services for the design and construction of a new $611 million major league baseball park. B&D managed the project from design through a record 22-month construction period.  In doing so, we helped define the program for the next generation of MLB ballparks, coordinated the design input of the DC government and the Washington Nationals, secured zoning and other public approvals, and negotiated a guaranteed maximum price with a builder within the city-mandated cost cap. The project faced several unique challenges: as the first LEED Silver certified “green stadium” in America, as a new model facility for ADA compliance in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the new home for the national pastime in the nation’s capital. Nationals Park opened on time and on budget in March 2008, when a sold-out crowd and a nationally televised audience watched the host Nationals win their first regular season game in the new ballpark with a two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth-inning home run.  The project has since received two "Top Project" awards and a “Project of the Year” award from Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine, as well as an Achievement Award from the District of Columbia Building Industry Association.

In the News 

Project of the Year - Sports & Entertainment — Nationals Park

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Nationals Ballpark People PraisedMore kudos to the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and its construction and design teams for getting the new Nationals ballpark completed on time.

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Special Report: Are You Ready for BIM?Computer-based technological advances, particularly in modeling and information management, continue to push the limits of design and construction coordination.

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Nationals TreasureWalk into the most exclusive restaurant at Nationals Park and you know why it's called the Lexus Presidents Club.

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Baseball Park in Nation’s Capital Is on Its Way to Break the SpeedWith only 23 months to complete all the bases, the team building the 85%-complete D.C. Major League baseball park is getting very close to hitting construction's equivalent of a grand slam off a 100-mph pitch.

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D.C. Top Projects — Washington Nationals BallparkThe sounds of a construction site will be replaced with "Play Ball" when the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team begins play next spring in its new $610 million Washington Nationals Ballpark.

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Top Projects Started — Nationals Baseball Stadium

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