Constructor - May/June 2017 - 23
There were five major races
during the construction
phase and the Barton Malow
team was tasked with
maintaining a 100,000-seat
capacity for each of them.
this thing - and we didn't want them
to feel like they were coming through a
The design took spectator sight lines
into consideration at every turn and
although the overall capacity was reduced
- seating went from 145,000 to 101,500
- "the reaction from fans has been very,
very positive," says Muldowney.
It's different, says McFadden, from
opening a school or a hospital.
"Not to take anything away from those
projects," he notes, "but when you can
stand in the corner as fans are coming
in and just watch people, watch their
expressions - the amount of 'wows' and
the head shaking as fans take it all in?
It's just remarkable."
Front-loading the project with extensive planning, says Muldowney, was the
gamble that proved it was anything but.
"Dollars were one side of the risk.
Time was another. To pull it all together
so that we had enough time in preplanning to squeeze as much risk as possible
out of the project was a big, big deal for
PM MA Y / J U N E
us," he explains. "Many of the projects
we do are significantly more straightforward - so we wouldn't do this for
just any project - but with projects as
complex as this, we'll follow the same
procurement method when we do these
in the future.
"This has really changed not just
Daytona, but it's changed the whole
NASCAR industry and how we all look
at NASCAR facilities going forward.
Daytona Rising has been a huge game
changer for our business."
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