With venues providing direct views into Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village brings the excitement of game days outside the stadium’s walls. The mixed-use retail, entertainment, office and residential district, developed in partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals, spans seven city blocks directly adjacent to and fully integrated with the baseball stadium.
Phase 2 of the development includes a 30-story residential tower complete with baseball-themed finishes. Floor-to-ceiling windows show the action on the field. The Level 8 amenity deck features bleacher seating and an infinity pool overlooking center field. Other amenities include ground-level retail space and six levels of parking.
Ceco provided the full concrete frame, which included two-way post-tensioned (PT) flat slabs for parking and residential floors, large transfer girders at Level 8 and a grade beam foundation supported by auger-cast piles. The PT system allowed for thin floor slabs while maintaining the designer’s desired floor-to-ceiling heights (9-plus feet).
The project site was sloped, resulting in foundation construction taking place at numerous elevations and transition retaining walls. Parking levels were placed in three slab pours per level. Apartment levels were typically completed in eight-day cycles. The use of a self-climbing core wall form and concrete placing boom accommodated high-rise construction needs.
Ceco also provided budgetary, constructability and schedule information prior to construction. One challenge was the simultaneous construction of the adjacent Ballpark Village Block 100 Garage/Office and Lowes Hotel projects, which put a strain on the local construction workforce, local subcontractors and suppliers. The Ceco St. Louis office tapped into Ceco’s national network and brought personnel from other offices to aid site management, field leadership and construction engineering efforts.
The building topped out December 2019. Known as One Cardinal Way, it is a dream come true for baseball fans in St. Louis.
“One Cardinal Way is the ultimate urban living structure with exposed columns, walls and ceilings throughout the private living spaces,” says Charlie Lee, director of construction with Cordish Companies, the project owner. “The use of Ceco’s high-density formwork and concrete additives produced high-quality concrete finishes suitable for an urban living setting. The quality of Ceco’s concrete structure is exceptional and is truly an asset for leasing and maintaining the building.”
Ceco was honored with a Quality Concrete Award for demonstrating outstanding concrete work at this project. The award was presented by the Concrete Council of St. Louis and the Missouri Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.