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new concessions, ADA-compliant bathrooms, a bistro bar, and a rebuilt midway
with a corporate hospitality bar and grill.
The fan experience is at the core of the
modernization project. PIR will completely
reconstruct the infield to add a new fan
zone featuring car garages with glass sectional doors so fans can watch teams tinker
on the vehicles prior to races. The infield
will also have new dining options, guest
services, emergency medical services, fire
support and a tire center. A new pedestrian
tunnel will connect the grandstands to the
fan zone and infield.
One of the biggest changes for race fan
will occur on the track itself. The start/
finish line will be repositioned to what was
originally the second turn to create more
high-energy restarts during a race.
The upgrades resemble the $400 million
project recently completed at Florida's
Daytona International Speedway, also
Construction is erecting a new
23,000-seat grandstand at PIR, while
performing many other improvements.
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owned by ISC, albeit on a smaller scale.
Barton Malow was the lead on that project
and shared its experiences and practices
with Okland when it came time to plan the
PIR improvements. "We're partnered with
Barton Malow on this project," Kubricky
says. "They brought the project to us."
Barton Malow contributed to the preconstruction effort and sequencing. Okland
representatives visited Daytona several
times to take notes on how Barton Malow
handled the construction process. The PIR
construction team also includes a superintendent and a project engineer from Barton
Malow, although the rest of the field staff is
"They bring the lessons learned, making
sure we leverage their success on Daytona
while avoiding all the pitfalls," Kubricky
says. "This is something new for Okland. We
haven't built this kind of venue before."
Okland is acting as the lead for PIR and
is responsible for much of the value-engineering to trim cost. When it was originally
envisioned, the PIR improvements were
expected to cost as much as $250 million.
Since then, Okland worked with ISC and its
subcontractors to discover materials and design changes to save money, resulting in the
$178 million budget. "We had to take $70