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New Yankee Stadium Utilizes Indiana Limestone

Updated:2009-05-04 11:07:33

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When historic Yankee Stadium, built in 1923 and renovated in 1975, began to show its age, the owners were faced with a decision--should they again renovate the stadium or build a new one? By 1995 the Yankees were winning and decisions had to be made. Among the considerations was the growing importance of luxury boxes prevalent in new stadiums. A major source of revenue for the teams, the existing stadium contained 19 luxury boxes and another renovation would add few if any more. But a new stadium could be built that would contain 56 luxury suites while only reducing the total number of regular seats by around 4,000.

Another reason to build a new stadium was its prevalence as a tourist attraction. For a majority of visitors there are a few sights on their "must-see" lists when they visit New York. Among them are the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and Yankee Stadium. However, unless there was a game, visitors couldn't enter the stadium; rather they could only walk around the outside of it. The new stadium solves that problem as it includes a museum and restaurants that are open year around.

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With the decision made to build a new stadium the architect, HOK Sport out of Kansas City and Tishman-Speyer, the Developer who served as the owner's rep for the Yankees, chose Indiana Limestone as one of the products for the stadium. Tishman-Spire hired Turner Construction as the CM for the project and an extensive mock-up was erected for the architects and owners to review stone color and craftsmanship prior to its being released for production. Swenson Stone Consultants made visits to the quarries and fabrication facilities during the project to review quality control.

The exterior of the stadium is primarily limestone-faced precast concrete utilizing typical 3 foot by 5 foot, 2 inch thick panels of Indiana Limestone mounted to pre-cast panels. The standard buff Indiana Limestone was supplied by Indiana Limestone Fabricators of Spencer, Indiana. It was quarried by the Indiana Limestone Company in Bedford, Indiana from a quarry located less than a mile from the quarry from which the stone for the Empire State Building was quarried back in 1930. The stone was fabricated by Indiana Limestone Fabricators and shipped on A-Frames on edge to protect the stone from breakage, to BPDL, Inc., a family-owned precast company in Alma, Quebec. There it was attached to precast panels and shipped to the Bronx. Each composite panel included approximately 10-20 pieces and this system allowed the panels to be erected expeditiously by the setter, Conventional Stone and Marble of Mineola, NY. All told there were 10,823 pieces amounting to 72,000 square feet of Indiana Limestone on the precast fa?ade, along with some 30,000 square feet of granite. The V-Cut letters in the Indiana Limestone at each entrance were cut at the mill utilizing Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) cutting technology, which has replaced the traditional hand cutting methods in many parts of the industry.

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In order for Indiana Limestone Fabricators to achieve the demanding production schedule required for the project they purchased a custom-designed machine and built an addition to their facility for the machine that provided the finish for the stone. The machine was designed and built by W.F. Meyers, Inc. of Bedford, Indiana. Tishman-Speyer visited the mill on two occasions and provided a Yankee flag for the mill employees. That flag is housed in the building addition where the majority of the work was performed.

In addition, Select Buff Indiana Limestone quarried by the Victor-Oolitic Stone Company of Bloomington and also fabricated by Indiana Limestone Fabricators was used in the Great Hall and on the "Legends Suites" boxes. Furlong and Lee Stone Sales of New York acted as sales agent for the limestone as well as for the Deer Isle granite supplied by Polycor, Inc. of San Sebastian, Quebec. Furlong also supplied Blue Pearl, Cambrian and Stanstead granites for Monument Park, Babe Ruth Plaza and the sitework paving.

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The Indiana Limestone industry is proud to have supplied Indiana Limestone, the Nation's Building Stone, to such an important and impressive New York landmark. It joins the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and many other buildings as an industry project which will serve present and future generations for many years to come.

Source:http://www.stoneindustrynews.com

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