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Manhattan Construction honored with Excellence in Construction Award for ONEOK Field

TULSA – Manhattan Construction Co. has been honored with the 2010 Excellence in Construction award in the Institutional/Sports Arena Over $25 million category by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma for the ONEOK Field Ballpark project in downtown Tulsa. The company was also presented with the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Platinum Award, in recognition of exceptional safety training, active employee involvement, innovation and management commitment.

Manhattan oversaw design and construction of the 6,500-seat ONEOK Field project, completing the design-build service in only 14 months. During construction the team stayed on schedule through unusually wicked weather, including blizzard conditions, ice, rain and a bitterly cold winter. Manhattan handed the keys over to the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team to their new home six weeks before opening day.

“We enjoyed a sincere spirit of collaboration on this project,” said Bob Jack, Manhattan Construction’s Tulsa area manager. “The entire team deserves credit for its success – the Tulsa community, the Drillers organization, designers, subcontractors and vendors.”

“The Tulsa Drillers would like to congratulate Manhattan Construction on the Excellence In Construction Award,” said Chuck Lamson, Tulsa Drillers president. “Bob Jack and his entire team did a tremendous job building ONEOK Field.”

“The end result speaks for itself as ONEOK Field is a new jewel in downtown Tulsa and allowed the Tulsa Drillers to set a Tulsa professional baseball record attendance of over 408,000 fans,” said Lamson. “In addition with our many hospitality areas, we have been able to host over 100 additional non-Drillers events. Once again thank you and congratulations to Manhattan for a well deserved honor!”

Manhattan’s design-build team included Populous, an architecture firm specializing in sports design. The ONEOK Field design includes fixed seating for 6,500 fans, 23 luxury suites, large party decks and terrace seating for 3,000 people.

ABC’s Excellence in Construction program recognizes innovation, quality and vision by a building team. Projects are judged on a safety, personnel management, quality control, scheduling and degree of difficulty in completing a project. The awards were presented at the organization’s Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet on October 14th at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.