Polar Park – Canal District

Klarman Hall at Harvard Business School
December 19, 2019
Belmont Middle & High School
September 18, 2019

Home of the Worcester Red Sox, this multipurpose stadium serves as a flexible venue space for much more than just baseball games.

The new, multi-purpose stadium is built on a vacant parcel of land in Worcester’s Canal District and accommodates nearly 10,000 fans. Gilbane-AECOM Hunt, a joint venture, was selected as the builder of choice for this project in no small part due to their combined experience building Triple-A and Major League ballparks throughout the country, including Boston’s iconic Fenway Park. Scope of work included the mass excavation of the 22 acre site with the removal and disposal of 150,000 CY of soil. Scope also includes 95,000 CY of excavated soil from the site to be reused on the concurrent project called SOMA. Scope also included 27,000 SF of SOE. To meet the stadium's critical milestones, W. L. French hauled up to 5,000 CY offsite each day and included import of aggregate materials of 100,000 tons as well as 4700 LF of water, sewer, and drainage piping.

Key Project Statistics

  • 22 ACRE urban site
  • 500 CY of concrete foundation demolition
  • 150,000 CY of mass excavation
  • 95,000 CY of site fills
  • 27,000 SF of SOE (soldier piles w/lagging and soil nailing)
  • 150,000 TON of soil export
  • 100,000 TON of gravel & stone import and placement
  • 4,700 LF of water, sewer & drainage piping
  • 62 EA sewer & drain structures
W. L. French’s performance on the Polar Project in Worcester has re-defined the often overused term, ‘teamwork’. From the first planning meeting of this technically challenging, substantial and aggressive sitework package, it was obvious that W. L. French is committed to the success of this project. I’m not easily impressed, however W. L. French continues to amaze me, with their ‘walk the talk’ attitude of never ending problem solving that starts at the top with Bill Jr., and carries through to their ‘second-to-none’ on-site superintendent and manager. "I am grateful for this entire team, enjoy working with them daily and look forward to completing this project and many more together."

Mike Sormanti