Stadium & DC Armory News
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Contact:Tony Robinson (202) 608-1126
Mayor Anthony A. Williams and The DC Sports& Entertainment
Commission Unveil Design for the New Washington Nationals Ballpark
(WASHINGTON, DC)Today, Washington, DC Mayor Anthony A.
Williams and the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC)
unveiled watercolor renderings and design plans for the future
home of the Washington Nationals. Last year, after a 34-year
hiatus, Major League Baseball returned to the nations
capital at historic RFK Memorial Stadium, where the team drew
nearly 3 million fans.
The new ballpark, located in Southeast Washington along the
Anacostia River Waterfront, not only redefines modern sports
facility architecture but will serve as the cornerstone of a
new mixed-use waterfront entertainment district. The exterior
façade of the 41,000 seat facility makes innovative use
of building materials including glass, structural steel and
pre-cast concrete to create a structure that departs from recent
ballpark design and is uniquely at home in the Capital City.
The new ballpark features a number of fan amenities and strives
to be the most environmentally friendly MLB ballpark ever.
The dream is finally a reality. I think Nationals fans
will love this ballpark as much as I do, said Mayor Williams.
Our efforts to build the new ballpark have always centered
on making the District a better place for people who work and
live here. With a revitalized waterfront, we will reap tens
of millions of dollars in new tax revenue in coming years, money
that can be used to fund critical social programs to help our
neediest residents, school improvements for our children and
crucial road, bridge and construction projects to make our city
The ballpark was designed by a joint venture of HOK Sport and
Devrouax & Purnell. The joint-venture is comprised of DC-based
Devrouax & Purnell Architects and the sports division of
Kansas City-based Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Inc., known
as HOK Sport, a firm internationally renowned for its stadiums
and arenas. Devrouax & Purnell is a well respected, African-American
owned firm with significant understanding of the Districts
architectural influences. Together they have created a facility
that not only will be a hit with players and fans, but that
fits elegantly into the Citys urban core.
We look forward to being able to move forward quickly
with construction and delivering the ballpark on time and within
budget, said Allen Y. Lew, chief executive officer of
the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission. Lew has guided
the design process for DCSEC and will also manage the construction
We will meet our goal of 50 percent Local, Small and Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise contracting by aggressively seeking qualified
firms and will continue the Districts aim of training
and employing residents through the apprenticeship programs
and project labor agreement that are now in place, said
The $611 million facility will be built by the joint venture
design-build team of Clark Construction, Hunt Construction Group
and Smoot Construction. The Districts Chief Financial
Officer will shortly head to Wall Street to issue approximately
$535 million in bonds to finance the project.
To help the Sports Commission and the architects score the right
notes with the design, a special advisory committee was established.
Architects, business leaders and DC citizens reviewed early
renditions of the design and provided invaluable suggestions.
The commission also retain renowned architect James Polshek
to consult on the design.
This unveiling tells us that well have the innovation
of modern ballpark design for the fans and an anchor building
in a reclaimed part of town that updates the citys monumental
architecture for the 21st century, says Bob Peck, former
president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. The
ballpark will create an impressive yet open and inviting edge
to South Capitol Street, a bold new gateway to the city and
the kind of alternating tight-then-open spaces around it that
foster urban places where people want to linger.
Mr. Peck is also a former member of the US Commission of Fine
Arts, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects,
former president of the DC Preservation League, former Commissioner
of Public Buildings for the US General Services Administration
and a Trustee of the National Building Museum and the American
Another design committee member, DC architect Harry G. Robinson,
said The site and architecture of the ballpark respond
to their special place in the City, on a proposed formal South
Capitol Street and within the developing Anacostia waterfront
area. Both come together to re-create the culture of baseball
as an American pastime in Washington and as a high octane activity
node and gateway icon in the structure of the City.
New Washington Nationals Ballpark Unveiling-Page ThreeRobinson
continued, The delicate transparency of the ballparks
structure and the placement of concourses allow views into the
stadium and a visual interaction with the city for fans. The
urban design strategies supporting the architecture are thoughtful
and at the center of the success of the assemblage of the ballparks
elements. This unveiling is more than a revealing of an architectural
statement, it is the unveiling of new life in the city re-defined
###NOTE: High resolution watercolor renderings of the new Washington
Nationals Ballpark will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m.
on the DCSEC website www.WashDCSports.com. For interview requests
with Allen Y. Lew or the architectural team, please contact
Tony Robinson at (202) 608-1126, (202) 439-3277 or via email