Pictured: Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, CT.
Photo Credit: Robert Benson Photography
DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK VOTED BALLPARK DIGEST’S 2017 BEST DOUBLE-A BALLPARK
Hartford, Conn., June 26, 2017 – Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the home of the Hartford Yard Goats has been honored with this year’s Ballpark Digest “Best of Ballparks” award in the Double-A category. With more than 178,000 votes, baseball fans from coast to coast including Eastern, Southern, and Texas League regions weighed in on a four-bracket-style contest to determine the 2017 winner. This is the first time a new facility has won a Best of the Ballparks vote.
The design team led by Kansas City, MO based Pendulum (www.pendulumkc.com) as ballpark Architect of Record included a powerhouse of recognized Connecticut-based talent. BVH (www.bvhis.com) provided mechanical & electrical design services, Newman Architects (www.newmanarchitects.com) designed the exterior facade, and The S/L/A/M Collaborative (www.slamcoll.com) provided architectural services in addition to serving as the Engineer of Record for the structural design of the project.
“Our team is honored to have been key collaborators with the Eastern League, the city of Hartford, and the Yard Goats to deliver what we believe will serve as a catalyst for growth and revitalization of the northern portion of downtown Hartford that was bisected by I-84. this has been an interesting exercise in urban planning that was always focused on bridging the I-84 barrier and creating opportunities for new development and civic energy,” said Jonathan Cole, a founding principal of Pendulum. “Beyond the execution of what we consider solid forward-thinking ballpark design, the commitment shown by the Yard Goats to the city of Hartford and all baseball fans in the region is the foundation for why we believe you’ll continue to hear about Dunkin’ Donuts Park in the news as a fan favorite. Hats off to the owner of the team Josh Solomon and his appointed leadership in the front office, Tim Restall (General Manager) and Mike Abramson (Assistant General Manger). Despite adversity, they have continuously proven that they believe in Hartford.”
- Pendulum: Jonathan O’Neil Cole AIA, NCARB, NOMA
- S/L/A/M Collaborative: Angelica Poprawa
- Newman Architects: Howard Hebel
What’s all the fuss over being in business 10 years? Well, we did start the 2007 economic downturn it seems…
Check out Part 01 and hear Pendulum’s founding principals Devan Case and Jonathan Cole talk about their first encounter in 1999 and forward to Pendulum’s start in 2007.
Stay tuned for Part 02 coming soon!
Carlos Lima: Carlos Lima Photo – Camera work & editing
Chris Evans: “You’re Welcome” – Branding Design & Execution
Pendulum Staff: Daniel Edwards, Cameron Gilyard, Lauren Gripka, John Iiams, Mario Leon, Brandon Maxey, Ashley Murray, Quinn Tolbert
Today’s featured project is Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats located in Hartford, CT.
This project has been under such scrutiny for the last three years that unless for some reason you’ve been stranded on a deserted island or hiding under a rock and missed all the happenings you should be up to date. If not please check out the in-depth review by Joe Mock of http://www.baseballparks.com (Joe Mock is a noted ballpark aficionado and freelance journalist for USA TODAY). With over 7,000 words describing the ballpark we’re not sure there’s anything else we can say about it that he hasn’t…well maybe a few things but we’ll save that for cocktail hour conversations.
The Right Field “Knuckle”
Connecticare Outfield Group Area
View From Left Field Seating
Premium Suite Interior
Premium Suite Graphic Wall
Team Store View
YG Club Interior
Main Concourse Signage
Stay tuned for our next Dunkin’ Donuts Park post, we’ll be launching a walking tour of the facility.
Today’s featured project is 1512 Holmes Street located in the East Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO. This adaptive reuse of a former transmission repair shop serves as the midwest headquarters of Pendulum.
This 5,000 SF interior accurately reflects the personality and interests of its owners who are automotive enthusiasts. There are subtle hints of the relationship between the building’s past use and its present inspiration throughout. The overall aesthetic of the interior revolves around a balance of raw materials with a consistent notion of refined edges.
Wall Mural By Dale Frommelt – Egg Design
Conference Room During Regular Hours
Conference Room Transformation
Finding innovative ways to customize elements within the design for multi-purpose and flexibility was a key component of the design challenge. Therefore the first-floor conference room table transforms into a billiards table that accommodates formal and informal hospitality. The second-floor east lounge acts as an informal living room and presentation space, while the second-floor west lounge is reserved for formal entertainment and board meetings with a restored 1920’s Koken barber chair as the centerpiece.
2nd Floor East Lounge
2nd Floor West Lounge
The preconceived notion of how a work environment is supposed to look, feel, and function is challenged by our space. Some believe that a business is supposed to be serious and efficient. In this case we are a bit more eclectic, the ultimate compliment is when people see the space and ask what we actually do for a living. “Is this an office, a bar, a billiards hall, an automotive shop, a speakeasy…do you get any work done?” The answer is yes to all of the above…this space represents a lifestyle that fosters creativity in contrast to a “bin for stacking people”.
1512 Holmes Street was the recipient of the 2017 IIDA Kansas City Mid America Design Awards (MADA) Silver Award for Renovation & Restoration.
Shout out to Adri Guyer Photography on the snaps!
Today’s featured project is AutoZone Park located in Memphis, TN. Already considered a gem in the baseball community, Pendulum was retained by the St. Louis Cardinals to reduce the capacity of the ballpark and enhance/maximize the fan experience. The original grass seating berm felt disconnected from the game so we reduced fixed seating down each baseline in exchange for new berm. “Big Red’s BBQ” was added in right field as a group area featuring huge plumes of smoke and BBQ smells on the concourse. ADA seating was also expanded throughout the existing seating bowl.
Throughout the renovation process there was a great emphasis on the addition semi-premium amenities to cater to a younger demographic. We reduced the final premium suite count from 40 to 22, then repurposed the square-footage as group areas that included billiards tables, branded bars, and administrative offices.
View From Renovated Home Plate Club
Right Field Line Billiards Club
AutoZone Park Renovation was the recipient of Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Best Ballpark Renovation Award.
Today’s featured project is the Beacon Hill Homes located in Kansas City, MO. The traditional front porch concept was raised to the second floor which maximizes views from the kitchen and open living area toward the downtown skyline. Each home consists of three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, half basement, and attached two car garage.
Kitchen Interior View
Pendulum also designed the “Distend Home”, a single story prototype for the Make It Right Foundation that was scheduled to be built in the Mannheim Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO.
“Distend Home” Rendering
“Distend Home” Floor Plan
Today’s featured project is Jimmy John’s Field located in Utica, MI. This former six acre landfill is now home to the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) which hosts four teams: Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers, Eastside Diamond Hoppers, Westside Woolly Mammoths, and the Utica Unicorns who just launched their sophomore season May 11, 2017.
This ballpark is a prime example of how brownfield redevelopment can lead to economic development opportunities that invigorate communities. “The Small Big Idea” is interwoven throughout the execution of this project with “big league” features at a small scale. Most people believe you have to invest over $25M in a ballpark to foster economic sustainability, but with an all-in budget of $16M we’ve proven otherwise.
Bowl View From Center Field
Dugout Level Group Seating
Cabana Suite Behind Dugouts
AAA Club Behind Home Plate
Jimmy John’s Field is the recipient of the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies Michigan Chapter’s (ACEC/M) most prestigious honor, the Engineering Conceptor Award.