VPP Star Mobile Workforce Participant Brandenburg Completes Wrigley Field Demolition Project
Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs have started an extensive renovation project at the Cubs' historic baseball park Wrigley Field. The 1060 Project, named after the Addison Street address of the ballpark, is estimated to cost about $575 million and will be completed in four phases. Some of the construction activities in phase one include: structural steel and concrete work throughout the facility; bleacher expansion and restoration in left and right field, adding an additional 300 bleacher seats, new concession areas, restroom facilities; new outfield group terraces, and new 3,990-square-foot and 2,400-square-foot video boards in left and right field. The 1060 Project is anticipated to be completed during 2018.
Wrigley Field is a designated Chicago landmark! Prior to demolition, a physical separation had to be created between the concrete bleacher structure and the historic Ivy wall. Protecting the brick wall was a key component during the demolition of the outfield bleachers. This was accomplished using hand demolition with small tools – chipping hammers and concrete saws. Additionally, the brick needed to be supported with bracing to protect against vibration and severe weather. Other concerns were not damaging Wrigley's grass playing field or the Ivy that grows on the brick wall. Brandenburg Industrial Service Company (Brandenburg) was hired by Pepper Construction, Chicago, IL, the project's general contractor, to demolish and remove the outfield wall and bleachers.
Wrigley Field Management and Pepper Construction stated from the onset of the project that the number one priority was safety. Accordingly, Brandenburg's commitment to safety and history of participation OSHA's cooperative programs, OSHA Challenge and subsequently the Voluntary Protection Program, was integral to the project and achieving the level of safety desired by Wrigley field and Pepper Construction. Brandenburg was accepted into OSHA Challenge on January 18, 2005 and successfully completed all three stages of OSHA Challenge by November 3, 2006. Brandenburg was accepted into the VPP on February 4, 2008 as a Star Mobile Workforce participant and proudly flies the OSHA VPP banner over our projects and we are honored to be the only demolition contractor in America to hold the VPP Star for Mobile Workforce.
Using a team of all union labor from Operating Engineers Local 150 and 225, and one manager, for a total staff of 8, Brandenburg held daily safety meetings and Pepper's Safety Manager addressed potential work hazards, as well as the adjacent contractor's activities, all of which made for excellent communication for the workers and the overall project. Additionally, Brandenburg's Safety Manager conducted weekly safety meetings addressing the upcoming work activities, as well as several weekly safety audits. As part of Brandenburg's VPPP Best Practices, each Brandenburg worker completes a Daily "Safety Task Analysis Card", which is a trifold form used as a reminder for the associated hazards, preventative actions and PPE requirements for the individual task being performed. This commitment to safety resulted in zero injuries or illnesses during the project which lasted approximately 1400 total man hours.