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Midwest Detailing, Drake-Williams Steel Team Up on New CWS StadiumJuly 1, 2009
Lincoln, Nebraska-based Midwest Detailing and Drake-Williams Steel, Inc. of Omaha are part of the project team for TD AMERITRADE Park Omaha, the new home of the College World Series (CWS).
For Midwest Detailing — whose experience with stadiums include the Wake Forest University Deacon Tower in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a small replica of Wrigley Field for the YMCA in Chicago — the TD AMERITRADE Park job offers the opportunity to work with past project partners.
For Drake-Williams Steel — a company that has already helped shape the Omaha skyline, with projects like the First National Bank Tower and the Gallup University campus — it offers the opportunity to work on a project that's right in their own backyard.
The design and construction team for the $128-million, 24,000-seat stadium also includes HDR, Kiewit Building Group and Davis Erection.
Putting SDS/2 to Work
Steel work on the roughly 2,900-ton stadium is broken out into four phases and 30 sequences. Midwest Detailing recently completed phase one — and the first 10 sequences — of the project.
For detailing the project itself, Midwest Detailing has made extensive use of parametric modeling in SDS/2. Parametrics were used for kickers and for handling the geometry of the stadium, which allowed the detailers to save the circular layout and use it repeatedly throughout the project.
In addition to detailing the framework of the stadium, Midwest Detailing is also using SDS/2 to provide shop drawings for five stair towers within the park, along with 10 additional access stairs.
The company has taken full advantage of the capabilities of SDS/2 to expedite work on the project. With the use of DXF exports of shop drawings, sub-material details and CNC output, the company is able to aid Drake-Williams Steel during fabrication.
Using DesignLINK at the start of the project, Midwest Detailing was able to import the HDR-created Autodesk Revit model into SDS/2 and create a quick model for the foundation of the building, which helped with the initial interpretation of the design.
"Having the model to review at the beginning of the project gives the detailers and design team the ability to see the entire project and break down the doors for better communication," said Roger Williamson, president of Midwest Detailing. "This type of communication is invaluable to the schedule and overall understanding of the structural steel package."
In addition to utilizing Global Review for erection and coordination of the project, Midwest Detailing also is using SDS/2's RFI Creator to output interactive PDFs that allow the user to rotate and view specific areas inside the model. This helps create efficiency and accuracy of questions and answers by allowing the design team to immediately visualize the issue and resolve it quickly.
The team at Midwest Detailing has been able to make multiple adjustments "on the fly" due to clarifications of design and multiple addendums that have been released on the project since the start of detailing — all while keeping the project schedule adjustments to a minimum. Midwest Detailing's Sonny Schroeder attributes this to "our experienced and dedicated team of detailers, great communication with the fabricator, and the resourcefulness of the SDS/2 software."
Relationships Built on SDS/2 Provide Project Foundation
Williamson credits the relationship and past history with Drake-Williams Steel as one of the reasons Midwest Detailing landed the job. Matt Cole, contract sales manager with Drake-Williams Steel, estimates the two companies team up on seven projects a year.
Cole believes the fact Midwest Detailing uses SDS/2 helped the company win the job. "It's great to work with a company that uses SDS/2 — it's what we use. And I think it helped them be competitive when they bid the job," Cole said.
Williamson agrees. "The use of SDS/2 has helped us develop a strong relationship with Drake-Williams Steel. They are a schedule-driven company and their main objective is to be on time." Simply put, Drake-Williams Steel requires fast and accurate shop drawings to satisfy their customers — something Midwest Detailing is able to deliver with the use of SDS/2.
Midwest Detailing has worked with HDR several times, and is familiar with Kiewit Building Group and Davis Erection. Drake-Williams Steel also has a great relationship with Kiewit.
Said Williamson: "Our relationships over the past years has created a great line of communication. Midwest Detailing and Design Data also have a great relationship, and that's helped create the possibility of doing this job."
Stadium Slated for Spring 2011 Opening
Steel piling on the project was completed in mid-April 2009, with the bulk of the fabrication set to kick off in July 2009. Midwest Detailing will finish the last phase and final sequences on the project in September; Drake-Williams Steel will finish fabrication in October. Steel erection is targeted for completion in March 2010.
The stadium will begin hosting the CWS in 2011.