As part of a joint venture, Chris-Tel Construction provided Construction Manager at Risk services to Lee County for the expansion, renovation and construction of Century Link Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

As home of the Minnesota Twins’ Spring Training, the renovations were on an accelerated 14-month schedule and were completed in multiple phases. The first phase of construction was completed between May 2013 and January 2014 during the spring training “off-season” and included site development, roadway and utility improvements for the construction of the player academy and clubhouse for the professional and semi-professional athletes staying on the premises, media/meeting room, cafeteria, office space and training room and practice field facilities.

During the next off-season, from May 2014 to January 2015, the second phase of construction was completed which included the stadium renovations such as the field, locker rooms, team training space, staff offices, seating, fan entrances, suite renovations, fan boardwalk, stairwells, fountain, team store, bullpen and dugouts.

Project Features
Industry:

Institutional

Sector:

Sports/Recreation

Client:

Lee County Government

Architect/Engineer:

Populous | Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects

Delivery Method:

Construction Manager at Risk as part of a Joint Venture

Completion Date:

January 2015

Construction Cost:

$42,676,271

Square Footage:

198,000 SF Total

Awards:
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Excellence in Construction Award Recipient
  • Baseball Digest’s Best Ballpark Renovation 2015

David Harner

Deputy County Manager

I wholeheartedly recommend the Chris-Tel Construction team. Bob Koenig and Joe Pressler (formerly president and VP of estimating, respectively, for Manhattan), and Howard Wheeler, President of Chris-Tel Construction, have demonstrated vast knowledge and delivery of the construction of Lee County’s two (2) major baseball facilities- JetBlue at Fenway Park and Hammond Stadium (now Century Link Sports Complex). Currently, these individuals have worked diligently to meet every schedule milestone established by Lee County and the Minnesota Twins organization for the development and reconstruction of Hammond Stadium (Century Link Sports Complex). This team has worked tirelessly to meet the established fast-tracked schedule and have delivered a quality product at each delivery date.

Key Contacts

Howard L. Wheeler II

Howard L. Wheeler II

President