The Samuels Group served as design-builder for renovations at Athletic Park, home of the Wisconsin Woodchucks baseball team. Phase I included a team store, concessions, theater-style grandstand seating, luxury suites, a press box, an umpire locker room, restrooms, and an elevator. Coordinating with the project, the City of Wausau also constructed a neighborhood park and provided new sidewalks, lighting, and parking improvements adjacent to the new stadium.
A unique aspect to the project is that Athletic Park is a historic site in Wausau. It features a stone wall (built in 1936) as a project of the Great Depression era Civilian Conservation Corps. Innovative construction was used in not only the preservation of the wall, but integrating it into the design of the renovated grandstand. The designers created a plan to increase square footage and amenities, while preserving the wall, partially based on “building up” on a tree concept.
Future phases of the project include new bleachers, retail areas, concession stands, and group outing decks.