Pendulum Press Release


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.”

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Contact:

  • Pendulum: Jonathan O’Neil Cole AIA, NCARB, NOMA
    • jonathan@pendulumkc.com

 

  • S/L/A/M Collaborative: Angelica Poprawa
    • apoprawa@slamcoll.com

 

  • Newman Architects: Howard Hebel
    • hhebel@newmanarchitects.com

 

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Pendulum’s 10 Year Anniversary Countdown Day 15

Day 15

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

Interesting Fact:

AutoZone Park Renovation was the recipient of Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Best Ballpark Renovation Award.