Corporate Contractors Inc. Receives Two “Top Project” Awards from the Daily Reporter
Both are examples of innovative design: ABC Supply Stadium and The Lincoln Academy
Since 1999 the Daily Reporter has recognized the achievements of those in the Wisconsin architectural engineering and construction industry by selecting 40 Top Projects from across the state. This year Corporate Contractors Inc. was the proud recipient of two of these coveted awards for the ABC Supply Stadium and The Lincoln Academy.
Chosen from a field of over 100 entries by a panel of distinguished judges, the 40 award winners were honored during a ceremony on May 11th at the Brookfield Conference Center .
“CCI is honored to be a recipient of the Daily Reporter Top Project Awards,” said Kevin Day, VP of Business Development. “Our team is incredibly proud of these projects and the impact they have made on the Beloit community. To have them both recognized on this statewide stage is a testament to the hard work and challenges our teams overcame to make these projects a reality.”
ABC Supply Stadium. The new home of the minor league Beloit Sky Carp is a major local attraction.
Located in Beloit’s Riverbend District, ABC Supply Stadium is the first in the country to meet all of the current building standards of the Major League Baseball. Designed by Jones, Petrie, Rafinski (JPR), this 67,000 square foot brick clad stadium is the home field of the Beloit Sky Carp, the minor league affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
According to Mark Hartwig, a project manager for CCI, “It makes Beloit a destination for other minor and major league teams, players, coaches and scouts to visit.” Of course, baseball is only one of the entertainment options that fill the 3,500 seats in the stadium. It also hosts concerts, youth sports and other events year round and can double its capacity when the field is used for extra seating.
With a 360 degree walkable concourse, two party decks, full-sized commercial kitchens and a 40-by-60 foot high definition video board, the stadium is an ideal resource for promoting Beloit’s growth. As John Gackstetter, who serves on the Riverside Stadium Authority, explains, “It’s open to the entire community and is something that will serve as a catalyst to help create vibrancy in downtown Beloit.”
The Lincoln Academy. State of the art design supports the success of Beloit’s youth.
Initiated by Kids First Beloit, this charter school offers a state of the art 115,000 square foot campus to serve the educational needs of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
CCI was one of more than 20 firms that provided more than $230,000 worth of money and materials to support the project. As the contractor, CCI brought in architect Thomas Beebe Jr., of Eppstein Uhen Architects and provided different site and budget options. And despite the pandemic, CCI finished the project on schedule.
According to Aaron Combs, CCI project manager, this timeliness came at a cost. “We paid a premium for expedited deliveries on a few orders to ensure we could maintain the schedule. In addition, Michael Norris, CCI superintendent, noted, “Material delays forced us to work out of sequence — not everything could be neatly installed at once.”
Fortunately, by using BMI software, numerous difficulties were avoided and schedule efficiencies were realized by building systems off site.
The design of the building is clean, bold and modern with brick, cedar and pre-fabricated steel panels on the exterior. For the interior, exposed color-coded mechanicals are seen through open corridors, steel columns and beams in keeping with the school’s practical and forward thinking curriculum.
In addition, with the latest in energy-efficient windows, LED lights with motion sensors, a state of the art HVAC system and above-code exterior insulation, the building reflects the latest developments in construction.
The classrooms and equipment include a digital lab, a computer science lab, an engineering and robotics lab and a “fab/lab makerspace” with CNC machines, a vinyl cutter and 3D printers. A full-size ambulance is available for training future EMTs. So are a biomedical science room, a media-production area and labs for agriculture, applied arts, construction and welding – all providing career instruction for tomorrow’s workforce.
Both of these projects show CCI’s commitment to the Beloit community and its ability to help the city grow and prosper now and in the future.