City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: April 2, 2008
Goodyear VIPs and Barton Malow celebrate half-way home milestone for Indians’ Spring Training facility
GOODYEAR, AZ – Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh, Barton Malow executives and other VIPs lined up Wednesday and served Subway sandwiches, chips and cookies to more than 200 people, including about 180 construction workers. The safety luncheon was held inside the soon-to-be-open clubhouse that will serve the Spring Training operations for the Cleveland Indians.
The event was hosted jointly by the city of Goodyear and construction manager, Barton Malow, and marked the 50 percent completion milestone of the Goodyear Recreational and Cleveland Indians’ Player Development Complex. The outstanding safety record of Barton Malow and its subcontractors on this project was also recognized during the celebration lunch.
Mayor Cavanaugh spoke briefly during the luncheon, thanking the crew for exercising care and keeping the work site safe. “Safety is paramount,” Cavanaugh said. “You are to be commended for your outstanding performance and for maintaining an incredible safety record. That’s a significant accomplishment for a project of this magnitude.”
Since ground was broken last fall, 18 subcontractors have had a hand in the construction process. About 130 workers are on site each day, and more than 550,000 man hours have been put into this project so far.
During his remarks, Mayor Cavanaugh pointed out that this top-notch facility will bring many benefits to Goodyear. For example, the ball fields and training facility will help stimulate economic development in the area around the ballpark and sports complex and bring new recreational opportunities to the community with new fields for baseball, soccer and other year-round events.
The development complex is located on Estrella Parkway, south of Yuma Road in Goodyear. Construction is expected to be complete in August, and the entire ballpark and recreational facility will be finished in time for Spring Training in February 2009.