Home Plate Update December 2017 - Page 5

BRIEFS Live! by Loews Construction Team Loews Hotels & Co, The Cordish Companies and Texas Rangers announced that the $150 million Live! by Loews flagship hotel will be constructed by a joint‐ venture partnership of Manhattan Construction Company and Arlington‐based Con‐Real. Together, the joint‐venture will be responsible for the construction of the dining, entertainment, hotel and convention facilities of Texas Live! and Live! by Loews upscale hotel and convention center. ASK the EXPERTS Manhattan Construction Company is one of the largest, privately held construction firms in the nation, widely known for building high‐profile, technically difficult mega projects such as AT&T Stadium, which is one of the premier sports venues in the world. Con‐Real, recognized as one of the most established full‐service African‐ American construction and real estate firms, has experience in more than 3,000 projects including entertainment, commercial, hospitality, educational, industrial and technology facilities. This partnership marks an important milestone for the City of Arlington as the first time a project of this size and scope has had a local, minority‐owned business positioned as a joint venture partner to oversee construction. The development team has also assembled an award‐winning team of HKS Architects, Mycoskie+Mcinnis+Associates, Purdy‐McGuire and McLaren Engineering Group to lead architecture and interior design, civil engineering, mechanical/electrical engineering, and structural engineering respectively. Rangers, Cordish Companies Set up Temporary Construction Offices Now that ground has been officially broken for both projects, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies are working to establish temporary office sites in Arlington’s Entertainment District to oversee construction of Globe Life Field and Texas Live! The Cordish Companies will office out of an existing building in the 600 block of Stadium Drive for the next 18 to 20 months while the $250 million Texas Live! project is underway. A groundbreaking ceremony for the entertainment complex, which will also include a Live! by Loews flagship hotel, was held in March 2017. The first phase of Texas Live! is set to open next year, followed by the hotel in 2019. Manhattan Construction Company is setting up two temporary construction office sites in the 1700 block of East Division Street for the future $1.1 billion retractable-roof ballpark. Manhattan Construction is renovating an existing building formerly used as an art gallery for its office space. An adjacent tract of vacant land, currently owned by the City of Arlington, will soon house up to 20 construction trailers for subcontractors working on the ballpark project. Globe Life Field, being built as a public-private partnership between the City and the Texas Rangers, is set to open in 2020. RICHARD GREENE The City of Arlington’s Office of Communication recently talked to former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene about the excitement surrounding the new $1.1 billion Globe Life Field, set to open for the start of the 2020 season. Greene served as Arlington Mayor from 1987-1997 and he developed a winning plan to build a new ballpark for the team as part of a proposed public-private partnership. Arlington voters overwhelmingly approved the plan for Globe Life Park in Arlington in the largest-ever voter turnout in a local election. During Greene’s tenure as Mayor, the Texas Rangers won the first-ever division championship in team history, hosted the 1995 All-Star Game, and brought new economic benefits to the city. Greene is excited to see the partnership between the City of Arlington and the Texas Rangers continue with the construction of Globe Life Field. 5