LAS VEGAS — The $400-million renovation of the Daytona International Speedway’s grandstand was the most significant construction project of 2016, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) announced recently.
As a result, the project’s contractor, Southfield, Mich.-based Barton Malow Company, received the association’s Alliant Build America Grand Award, as well as the award for the best utility infrastructure renovation project of the year.
The speedway is located in Daytona Beach, Fla. The project was completed in less than 30 months and allowed for continued race events and visits from 750,000 fans throughout the course of the project, noted the AGCA. The project design included consideration to ensure optimum sight lines and reduced the existing 145,000 seats to 101,500. The project scope also included dismantling and reconstructing the suite and race operations areas as well as the press tower, without interrupting race activities.
Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or "injectors," lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, taking them to three different concourse levels. Each level features social areas, or "neighbourhoods," along the nearly mile-long frontstretch.
The project officially broke ground in early July 2013 and was completed in time for the 2016 season.
"These awards highlight the most challenging projects that construction firms are building today," said Mark Knight, the association’s president, in a statement.