BUILDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Home to the Columbia Fireflies - Single A affiliate of the New York Mets, Spirit Communications Park is a state-of-the-art, affordable, family-friendly, multi-use entertainment venue that seats up to 8,500 fans for baseball games and 14,000 for concerts. Seating includes 16 luxury suites and 120 club level seats. The seats are surrounded by a 360-degree concourse for easy movability during all events.

The ballpark serves as a public gathering space with multiple uses for both indoor and outdoor events. From concerts to parties to business meetings and charitable functions, Spirit Communications Park hosts hundreds of community events each year.

Workforce Development Program

A 6-week construction training program was held for the homeless and unemployed in the area. 52 individuals were accepted into the program, 34 graduated. 21 graduates of the program worked on the project and 11 were permanently hired.

Project Challenges

In 2015, Hurricane Joaquin devastated the area of Columbia, South Carolina. The Spirit Communications Park joint venture team (CCEB Venue Partners) canceled their steel topping out ceremony and hosted a free water distribution event for flood victims in Columbia. On Friday, October 9, 2015, Barton Malow, along with joint venture partners Contract Construction, CDI Inc. and ENVIRO AgScience, distributed free cases of water at the Drew Wellness Center in Columbia to assist with local flood relief efforts. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Manager Teresa Wilson worked with James Mitchell, Dean Slate, Labor Finders, the Columbia Housing Authority and numerous other jobsite volunteers to coordinate the logistics of delivering and distributing 1,095 (35 bottles per case) for a total of 38,150 water bottles to nearly 500 local residents.

Dean Slate

“I have been very fortunate to have worked on very complicated and unique projects that not everyone can say they have built. From Nano-Science Labs to Minor League Stadiums, BMC builds projects that stimulate every part of my career and my life. I am empowered to be the best I can be with every project. Because of that, we produce high quality projects that my children and grandchildren will always be proud of.”