Completed in 1997, FedExField is the home of the Washington Redskins. The 128 foot-high, seven-level stadium boasts a natural grass field, over 200 luxury suites and more than 15,000 club seats. Clark finished the fast-tracked project in just 17 months, in time for the Redskins’ first home game of the '97 season.
Completed under an incredibly tight schedule, FedEx Field was the fastest-built facility of its kind at the time. Building FedExField in 17 months required an aggressive approach to all aspects of the project. Clark performed extensive budgeting, value engineering, constructability reviews, construction planning, and logistics studies throughout the preconstruction phase of the project.
Critical precast and steel fabrications were closely monitored to ensure timely delivery and erection. In addition, when Clark recognized potential delays in paving the parking lots, the gravel sub-base was changed to soil cement to allow paving to begin in the winter months. The exterior concourses, with towering floor-to-ceiling heights of over 20 feet, were also temporarily enclosed and heated to allow the masonry installation to continue through the coldest of winter months.
Renovation and Solar Panel Installation
In 2011, Clark returned to FedExField to complete a solar panel installation, which added more than 8,000 solar panels to the stadium, along with 525 roof panels, 188 translucent panels, and a thin film structure built into a 30-foot silhouette of a football player.
The solar power system produces enough power to meet 20% of the stadium’s power needs on game days and all of its power on non-game days. By using solar power, the project keeps 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere, the equivalent of replacing 349 vehicles with gasoline engines with zero emission electric vehicles.
4,000 seats will be removed from FedEx Field to accommodate renovations to the stadium’s suite area and complete installation of “party decks” in the upper level.
In 2012, Clark completed a renovation to FedExField, including the removal of seats to make way for two party decks that allows fans to participate in pre- and post-game festivities and buy standing room viewing tickets. In addition, Clark completed suite renovations that expanded the stadium’s capacity to 62 suites, and feature 1,273 seats, and five lounge areas that accommodate another 200 people.
While digging one of three elevator pits, Clark Foundations discovered a pocket of water 25 feet below grade. Water was pumped out of this pit for six months while the area was stabilized with a series of 20-foot-deep, gravel-filled trenches. Clark Foundations redesigned the foundation to facilitate meeting the schedule. Instead of the original precast concrete pile design, the stadium was built using steel piles, which were better suited to the varied soil conditions throughout the site.
For the structure, Clark Concrete used two forms of concrete work: a table form was used for reinforced concrete and, as construction of the structure progressed, conventional formwork was added, doubling productivity. When the concrete operation experienced over 65 lost days due to inclement weather, Clark revised the sequence of the concrete pours to increase efficiency.