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 we celebrate 10 years in business with the release of a commemorative adaptation of our logo. We continue to be inspired by our people, by our clients, by our pursuit of meaningful work, and by our continued progress with conquering our fears.
“Fear is a powerful thing. I mean it’s got a lot of firepower. If you can figure out a way to wrestle that fear to push you from behind rather than to stand in front of you, that’s very powerful. I always felt that I had to work harder than the next guy, just to do as well as the next guy. And to do better than the next guy, I had to just kill. And you know, to a certain extent, that’s still with me in how I work, you know, I just…go in”
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.
Today’s featured project is The Guild/RW2 Studios located in Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO. This 12,000 SF event space and production studio is one of the early pioneers that helped define what makes the “Creative Crossroads” so cool.
Thank you to Judy Rush of RealFake, Lyndon & Lindsey Wade…the dynamic duo that make up the world renowned Wade Brothers for your vision and fearlessness. Shout out to Dale Frommelt of Egg Design for your collaboration on the project…one of the most versatile and talented people we know – honored to call you family.
The Guild/RW2 Studios was the recipient of a 2013 National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Design Excellence Citation.
Original Production Studio Condition
Event Space Work In Progress
Production Studio Completed
Event Space Hospitality
The Big Idea…Lindsey Wade Was Right
Today’s featured project is Athletic Park located in Wausau, WI. This master planned multi-phased project is a major renovation of an existing ballpark. The project scope included a complete replacement and reconfiguration of the home plate grandstand, new main entry, new ticketing pavilion, premium group seating, and press box.
Athletic Park was originally constructed in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”.
Athletic Park Before Renovation
Today’s featured project is East Village Apartments located in Downtown Kansas City, MO. This 50 unit tax credit project was to serve as the first phase of a multi-block development aimed at attracting a live/work environment to one of the last remaining undeveloped edges of the downtown district.
East Village Apartments was the recipient of the 2013 Kansas City EDC Cornerstone Award for Residential Building.
Pendulum was also responsible for the master plan and design standards associated with the entire eight-block development district known as “East Village” owned by Swope Community Builders.
Master Plan Aerial View
Aerial View Close-Up