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Crossland Construction Completes Stryker Sports Complex

WICHITA, KS — The Stryker Sports Complex is an all-turf sports complex in Wichita that accommodates year-round enjoyment of youth, college, adult leagues, tournaments, and events. The complex consists of 11 all-sports turf fields, each with outdoor lighting, and a 112,000-square-foot indoor facility designed to attract events with all levels of competition to the Wichita and surrounding areas.

The project was a unique building experience for Crossland Construction. It involved several phases, and each phase was bid out separately and awarded to several different general contractors.

Crossland performed the building work for the indoor soccer facility as well as the stadium improvements. The company self-performed the steel on the project. The building had a 267-foot clear span, the largest span Crossland's Steel Superintendent had erected at the time. Project components included concessions, offices, restrooms, renovation of existing bathrooms, locker rooms, ticket booth, new stadium bleachers, and a scoreboard.

“A large site with multiple general contractors, a tight schedule, challenging structure, and abnormal wet weather patterns made for a challenging and unique project," said DJ McClenny, Vice President, Wichita Division. "However, the team never stopped pushing and showed amazing grit and determination in delivering a very successful project."

With several different contractors and subcontractors in play, Crossland knew that communication would be vital to making this project successful. A tight timeline with upcoming sporting events already set on the calendar solidified that collaboration and communication would have to be on a whole new level.

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Using construction scheduling software, the team managed and communicated project schedule updates to all parties. The team held daily communication and safety meetings and held weekly meetings with the owner for full transparency throughout the project.

The weather was difficult, forcing delays in the schedule. However, the teams came up with a plan to combat the issue. They installed rock crane paths that allowed crews to progress through the mud. Crossland teams worked overtime to deliver the project on time for the owner’s first event.

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