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Southwest University Park - AAA Ballpark
El Paso, TX | Commercial
Southwest University Park - AAA Ballpark - Jordan Foster Construction
The City of El Paso; CF Jordan / Hunt
Our Role:
ACEC Texas: Structural Systems, Gold Medal - 2015
USGBC: LEED Gold - 2015
APWA: Public Works Project of the Year - 2014
Ballpark Digest: Best New Ballpark - 2014 Ballpark of the Year - 2014
ENR: Best Project in Sports/Entertainment - 2014

Southwest University Park is a new state-of-the-art minor league baseball park, and the new home of the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas.

The ballpark was built in a record-setting 11 months (once the site was cleared) on the tightest site ever for a project of this type and scope. To clear the site for construction, demolition of the old 12-story City Hall building took place on April 14, 2013. Massive debris removal and sitework followed immediately. Construction then began at a record-setting pace.

On April 28, 2014, a little over a year after the demolition, the El Paso Chihuahuas played their first baseball game under the lights at Southwest University Park, an open-air facility with natural turf. Seating capacity is 9,500 and that includes fixed seating, two- and four-top table seating, outfield berm seating, and other general admission areas. There are 24 luxury suites, with four party suites, and 300 club seats with access to the luxury restaurant and bar level.

Concession facilities including specialty cooking and vending areas for club and suite patrons, a general commissary, and point-of-sale vending locations, together with a team store and merchandising concessions.

Team facilities include office space, locker rooms, training areas, and ancillary areas. Press facilities accommodate writing press, radio broadcast, and television broadcast equipment.

Construction by the Numbers:

  • 190,000 square feet of drywall
  • 14,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 810 tons of rebar reinforcement
  • 10,000 feet of railings
  • 25,00 feet of copper plumbing
  • 35,000 feet of PVC piping
  • 600,000 colored bricks on the facade
  • 170,000 concrete blocks
  • 12,000 linear feet of irrigation piping
  • 1.5 million-LED scoreboard

The design of the ballpark meets Smart Growth design principles and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) guidelines, including pedestrian facilities. The project is designed to meet a minimum LEED Silver Certification under the USGBC rating system or Two Green Globes under the Green Globe Rating System.