TORONTO — PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) is sliding into the second phase of the Rogers Centre renovation by Rogers Stadium Limited Partnership.
The second phase of work, which is now well underway, is part of a more than $300 million multi-year renovation to transform the 34-year-old multi-purpose stadium into a ballpark through a series of projects focused on modernizing the fan experience and building world-class player facilities for Canada’s baseball team, states a release.
The first phase of the project achieved substantial completion on March 31 and opened to fans on April 11 for the Blue Jays home opener.
The second phase features a reimagined 100 level seating bowl and structure (from foul pole to foul pole) designed specifically for baseball viewing, with an all-new Blue Jays clubhouse in addition to three new premium clubs and seating sections.
The structural demolition of the lower bowl took place from Oct. 13 to 26, removing and recycling 29.5 million pounds of materials in 13 days, equivalent to 2.2 million pounds per day, which included 26.5 million pounds of concrete and three million pounds of steel, a release indicates.
Field level excavation to create below ground space for the new player facilities and premium clubs took place from Oct. 23 to Nov. 6. About 780 truckloads of materials was removed from the ballpark and 530 loads were brought in.
To facilitate the excavation, a temporary bridge was installed over the site of the former seating bowl. At the peak of demolition and excavation work, 10 excavators were onsite with 344 dump trucks cycling in and out of Rogers Centre over the temporary bridge in one day.
An average of 350 workers have been onsite daily, more than three times the number of workers compared to phase one demolition.
Due to the fast-tracked construction timeline, formwork for the new build began and the first new concrete was poured on the same day demolition completed.
Approximately 500 truckloads worth of concrete are expected to be poured to complete the project.
On Nov. 9, a major piece of mechanical equipment was delivered by crane from Bremner Boulevard into the Rogers Centre through an opening in the roof.
The first structural steel column was put up on Nov. 13. A total of 2.4 million pounds of structural steel has been fabricated offsite and will be installed to complete the project.
To view a video of the renovations visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1k_FCRIqgg