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Institutional | OKLAND CONSTRUCTION - PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

The $178 million project involves a
complete modernization of the racetrack.

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OKLAND CONSTRUCTION MODERNIZES PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. BY TIM O'CONNOR

T

he first batch of steel for the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR)
renovation was delivered in late
May. For most projects, this would
be a milestone for the client and construction crews, but the racetrack's owners saw
the potential to turn the delivery into a
marketing moment. The city of Avondale,
Ariz., turned it into a "steel parade" with a
police escort for the four trucks hauling 80
tons of steel five miles to the racetrack.
Marketing is not usually tied to the construction process, but the public interest in
the Phoenix Raceway project is an opportunity to excite locals and racing fans about
the future of the 53-year-old venue. "We're
happy to accommodate and we're excited
for people to see what we're doing," says
Glenn Kubricky, project director for Okland
Construction, the lead construction firm on
the project.

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Experience Boost
Built in 1964, PIR was due for a major overhaul. The racetrack was aging in some parts,
lacked handicapped accessibility and was
behind its peers in terms of amenities and
the fan experience. Owner International
Speedway Corp. (ISC), realized it needed to
invest in the track to build its fan base and
give back to the sport.
"While fans and drivers have continued
to come back and enjoy Phoenix Raceway
year after year, the fact was that the facility
was in need of an upgrade," PIR President
Bryan Sperber says. "It's been around for
over 50 years and had not undergone any
major renovation in some time. As the expectation for what fans want from a sporting venue continues to evolve, we felt that
we needed to meet that criteria at Phoenix
Raceway - and through this project, we've
done that."

The $178 million project was announced
at the end of 2016 and encompasses a
complete modernization of the racetrack.
The existing bench grandstand will be
demolished and replaced with 20-inchwide seats, a new 23,000-seat grandstand
will be erected - bringing the venue's total

Okland Construction -
Phoenix International Raceway
www.okland.com
* Project cost: $178 million
* Location: Avondale, Ariz.
* Employees on ite at peak: 300
* Scope of work: Racetrack enovation

"We had to elook at every ing
but we gave em pre y much
every ing ey asked for."
- Glenn Kubricky, project director


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