Although AutoZone Park has been recognized as one of the most picturesque and classic ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball since it’s inaugural season in April of 2,000, a recent change in ownership and shifts in the ever evolving baseball business model warranted a second look at its amenities. Pendulum was appointed by the St. Louis Cardinals to lead the effort in modernizing the premium and semi-premium offerings internal to the ballpark with hopes of maintaining the allegiance of long-term patrons and attracting interest of a growing community of young professionals. The ideas and concepts that are the product of the initial discussions with the Cardinals have been game changing. We removed approximately 3,500 seats from he seating bowl and replaced them with group areas, grass seating berm and hospitality structures. We removed 12 of the existing 40 premium suites and repurposed the space in the form of a large premium club behind home plate with views to the playing field surface, a billiards lounge down the right field line, on site team administration offices relocated from off-site rental property to the third base line, and an outfield BBQ zone. In addition new digital ribbon boards were added throughout the facility to enhance the visual excitement of the seating bowl. All of the work (design and construction) was completed during the off-season.
Photo Credit: Mark Fleischer
Kansas City, Missouri
This rooftop hospitality building is located on the uppermost floor of the Cosentino's Market parking garage at the corner of 14th and Main directly adjacent to the Jones Pool. The building program consists of four water closets, three urinals, six lavatories, a drinking fountain, and a small storage area.
The purpose of this building is to allow the City to serve patrons that desire to eat lunch or walk and enjoy the sun during the work week. During the evening hours and on weekends when the weather is favorable, wedding receptions and civic events can be hosted on the rooftop comfortable accommodating up to 600 patrons.
Although the City required a conventional "brick & mortar" delivery method, Pendulum learned valuable lessons from this project. Given the right circumstances the implementation of a prefabricated "off-grid" delivery method would allow the installation of an identical building for approximately half the budget and in half the construction time.
Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Time Warner Cable Field was originally constructed in 1995 during an era of Minor League ballparks that were primarily geared toward compliance with minimum National Association standards. Although this strategy provided a safe and comfortable destination for enjoying America's favorite pastime, shifts in the traditional business model over the past 17 years has presented quite a few challenges for most teams operating in facilities built prior to late 1990's. A few of these key challenges include:
- Shortage of concession points of sale
- Lack of appropriate toilet fixture ratios
- Lack of diversity in seating inventory
- Inability to operate year-round
- Inadequate storage capacity
Pendulum was commissioned by the Grand Chute Sports Authority to not only solve the aforementioned challenged but more importantly to look ahead to the future of baseball operations and establish where the market is going rather than simply where it is right now.
The City of Gastonia selected Pendulum to assist with the design of a 3,500 capacity multi-purpose facility that will accommodate baseball, soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, volleyball, and other civic events. The goal is to simultaneously develop adjacent existing parcels that include a textile mill building as well as other buildings active with industrial uses. After three lively discussions with public input the development program and facility amenities have become much more well defined. With a scheduled completion date of April 2020 we are very excited to have a hand in the metamorphosis of the downtown city of Gastonia Fuse District.
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Holly Springs Park is the newest addition to the Coastal Plains League repertoire. The ballpark is one component of an overall master plan that includes soccer fields, tennis courts, a miracle field, public hospitality, as well as a future indoor gymnasium. The ballpark is sited to maximize pedestrian interaction along Main Street while fostering the potential for future commercial/retail development at the street edge. The focus of our design inside the secure lines is affordable family fun with an emphasis on comfort. The expansive roof design will protect patrons from direct exposure to the elements and create opportunities for the facility to be used during non baseball events for farmer's markets and other civic activities.
The Detroit Police Athletic League is a non-profit organization that provides inner city youths between the ages of 4 to 19 with an opportunity to learn through athletics, and develop the confidence and motivation to achieve excellence in life. PAL's athletics programming includes baseball, basketball, cheer, football, golf, soccer, softball, T-ball, track & field, and volleyball. Approximately two years ago Detroit PAL strategically aligned with The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy (OTSC) who's mission is to promote the sustainable redevelopment of the Old Tiger Stadium Site and revitalize the Corktown district of Detroit (corner of Michigan & Trumbull). Pendulum was selected to redevelop the historic Tiger Stadium site into a place for local youth to receive health and wellness training from the Detroit Police Athletic League.
This site in particular was the subject of major debate because the original stadium was demolished years ago. The only remnant of history left on site was the playing field surface itself and the flagpole that still stood in the field of play just inside the outfield wall. Pendulum worked to establish the required Detroit PAL program which ultimately ended up being a 22k square foot headquarters with a second floor banquet facility, youth locker rooms, and a flexible artificial turf playing field. Aside from the project being the first major redevelopment in the Corktown community since the rapid decline of the city of Detroit during the 2007 economic downturn, this project represents an incredible exercise in community support for the advancement of inner city youth. The former Detroit PAL headquarters was located only five blocks north of the redevelopment site. This state of the art facility has legitimately put Detroit PAL on the map as a major player in the philanthropic community.
The new ballpark in Utica, MI located at the corner of Auburn and Moscone Drive will be the first of several new ballparks for an emerging professional baseball league developed by General Sports Entertainment. Pendulum was selected to design the first ballpark as a prototype for new markets as they develop. While there will be similarities in program and scope the "big idea" is to allow site and context to govern design which will create the individually unique character that Pendulum designs are known for.
2017 Phoenix Award Winner for Community Impact
The Phoenix Awards Executive Committee selected Jimmy John’s Field as its 2017 Phoenix Award Winner for Community Impact brownfield redevelopment project, as well as voted the 2017 People’s Choice Award.
The Phoenix Awards recognize exemplary brownfield redevelopment and revitalization projects that offer a fresh take on significant environmental issues, show innovation and demonstrate positive community impact. A brownfield is an abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial facility in which redevelopment is burdened by real or potential environmental contamination.
Formerly, the site of Jimmy John’s Field was an unregulated landfill for household waste that had to have significant environmental remediation done. Today, the $15 million, independent league ballpark is breaking attendance records as an area fan favorite and vital economic driver.
2017 ACEC Michigan Engineering Eminent Conceptor Award
The American Council of Engineering Companies Michigan Chapter (ACEC/M) has awarded its most prestigious honor, the Engineering Eminent Conceptor Award, to Jimmy John’s Field.
North Port, Florida
On Sunday, March 24, 2019, we joined The Atlanta Braves and our design team to unveil CoolToday Park to the public for Opening Day. We are confident it was a day that fans will remember.
This 6,000 seat, 8,500 capacity ballpark features state-of-the-art amenities that will cater to delivering an unparalleled fan experience. There are few organizations that have as rich of a baseball history than the Atlanta Braves. Pendulum was selected to lead the design effort on the ballpark portion of the project. Fawley Bryant Architects is the architect of record lead designers for the 55,000 square-foot clubhouse as well as the balance of the spring training grounds which consists of practice fields, agility training, maintenance, and academy.
The way people watch baseball has shifted over the last twenty years. While traditions of old related to the way the game is played remain, the average patron in the ballpark is different, expectations are higher. Patrons are demanding unique options when it comes to food, beverage, and even type of seat. The typical demographic of attendees at games is no longer male dominated; women and extended families are now the norm. There is an overwhelming demand for enhanced technology from inside the park to the outside world. The Braves have consistently demonstrated that they understand where the sports business market is headed and have managed to operate ahead of the curve. Our design of CoolToday Park appropriately compliments the Braves ability to look ahead and to deliver an experience for their fans that will be unparalleled in spring training. Our design celebrates the Braves’ rich history by honoring baseball hall of famers in larger than life imagery on select building facades. We’ve borrowed elements from SunTrust Park such as outfield wall dimensions and several other amenities so that players and fans alike that attend games in North Port will feel like they are at home.
Kansas City, Missouri
Once an eyesore on the corner of 18th and Locust in Kansas City, Missouri, the transformed Crosstown Substation in the Crossroads Arts District was unveiled to the public in June of 2013.
After years of deterioration, the wall surrounding the substation was in desperate need of repair. KCP&L's decision to repair the existing wall was eclipsed by a vision to replace the wall with a new design that would reflect the Crossroads' artistic community spirit, enhance the surrounding area and provide an attractive connection to the 18th and Vine District.
The design wraps the substation in weathered steel and white concrete that has the illusion of illumination in the dark. Seizing the opportunity to create an iconic symbol of longevity in the neighborhood, an "eyebrow" of weathered-steel panels wrap around the upper facade of white concrete that periodically makes an appearance from the rust colored panels. Once the sun sets, over 10 thousand LED lights powered by 115 solar panels bring an exciting illumination to the city block.
2014 EDC Cornerstone Award Winner for Energy
2014 Kansas City Chapter AGC Building Excellence Award Finalist Project of the Year
2017 NOMA Honor Award Built Category