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THIS YEAR'S 2017 ALLIANT Build
America Grand Award winner transformed an iconic speedway that
opened in the '50s into a state-ofthe-art motorsports complex with more
amenities than many NFL stadiums - at
a significantly lower cost. And where
else can fans get ocean views from the
top rows of the 400 section?
If nothing else, Daytona Rising
proves that in the world of auto racing, the need for speed transcends the
The $400-million project, a fullscale makeover of the nearly 60-yearold Daytona International Speedway
(DIS), was completed in less than 30
months - ahead of schedule and under
budget. Events continued. And fans,
some 750,000 of them, were hosted
throughout. The new facility has
expanded entrances, all-new escalators and elevators, wider seats, three
times the concessions and more than
60 luxury suites with track-side views,
among a host of other improvements.
It was an undertaking that
Michigan-based general contractor
Barton Malow made short work of. And
perhaps the highest-octane element of
their strategy was a long game.
"The preconstruction period was
key," says Derek Muldowney, vice
president of International Speedway
Corporation (ISC) and president, ISCO
Design and Development. ISC owns
the Daytona International Speedway.
"The project was very, very well
defined. We more or less quantified
the entire thing before we started.
We don't normally do things that way.
We're not normally so out in front of
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a project as we were on this. [But we
chose to because] it was so big and
there was so much risk."
It was a risk that paid off.
Daytona Rising was chosen, from
a record number of submissions, as
the 2017 Alliant Build America Grand
TRIPLE CROWN CHALLENGES
No plans were largely what necessitated long plans.
"The original Speedway opened in
1959 and had been modified over the
years," explains Jason McFadden, project manager for Barton Malow. "There
wasn't a lot of historical information
that we had to go by .... The design
team couldn't work off existing drawings and begin designing around it."
Some tech-heavy artillery would be
necessary to win this race.
"About a third of the way through
the design period, we performed a
laser scan of the project - the entire
existing facility," says McFadden.
"There were millions and millions of
data points that were collected as a
result of that scan. I can't verify it, but I
have to believe it was one of the largest
laser scans done at the time, in height
as well as length."
The project is roughly 4,400 linear
feet - nearly a mile long - and about
150 feet off the ground.
"It's a skyscraper on its side."
Capturing the information was a
two-to-three-week undertaking -
processing it another month plus. And
as DIS is a near-60-year-old structure
that's undergone various modifications
over decades, McFadden's team had an
interesting time building out from the
"It was almost like a string of spaghetti," he laughs, "though not as flexible. There wasn't one true vertical
piece of steel; it went in and out, and
so our project took the existing footprint and in most instances extended
it by 120 feet - every 30 feet we were
connecting to an existing piece of steel
to get to that point."
Modern construction tools proved
less useful here, though the massive
preconstruction effort had the team
aware of this ahead of time. "We found
early on, and as we broke ground, that
the only way to know exactly how we
were going to connect was to physically go out and get to that point."
The technology had great uses
underground, though, as the team
used ground-penetrating radar to
eliminate concerns in each known
point of risk.
"It proved to be very beneficial
and very accurate," says McFadden,
who adds that they'd had a running
bet they were going to unearth a car
or something else of interest at some
point. "But we didn't find anything
cool underground," he laughs. "No
good artifact stories there."
"It's about 50 percent more stadium
for 25 percent of the cost," says a succinct Muldowney.
"If you compare the capacities -
not just the seats but the suites, the
clubs, the escalators and elevators
and concourses and concessions -
all the amenities. If you compare the
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