Washington Nationals Ballpark
Architectural Precast Elements:
• 1.0 million square feet.
• 503 architectural precast concrete panels with light to heavy sandblast finishes clad façade.
• LEED Silver certification.
• Panelized system was quick to erect and provides few joints to inspect and maintain through its life.
• Precast concrete smoothly interfaced with other materials to create contemporary look while still complementing institutional design of many nearby buildings.
• Precast concrete panels contributed to LEED Silver certification through local manufacturing, use of local materials, minimized construction waste, and other attributes.
Owners of the new Washington Nationals baseball franchise in Washington, D.C. wanted a distinctive image for their new ballpark to project a contemporary, vibrant feeling while still meshing with the limestone of many of the institutional buildings of the city. To achieve this, designers created an exterior façade for the stadium that combines steel, glass, and architectural precast concrete panels.
The panels, featuring a buff-colored texture that resembles limestone, interface seamlessly with the other materials. They were finished with a range of light to heavy sandblasting to create variety. White cement and local aggregates were used in the mix.
The local materials and other attributes contributed to the precast concrete’s factors that helped the building achieve a Silver LEED rating, a rarity for a major public stadium. The panels were manufactured locally, minimized construction waste and provided other benefits. Overall, the building is one of the greenest public facilities in the nation.