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Play Ball! First Professional Sports Venue to be LEED Silver Certified Features Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) Producer

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

As the second month of the 2017 Major League Baseball season swings into full gear, the Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) takes a look at the building of the Washington Nationals Ballpark project, featuring one of their producers, Universal Concrete Products Corporation.

Nationals Park, located in Washington, D.C., is home to the Washington Nationals baseball franchise. It was the first professional sports venue to be awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a building rating system that serves as a nationally-recognized standard for sustainable building design. The Nationals project was completed in 2008. Today, more than 15 professional sports venues have received LEED certification for new construction or existing building renovations.

Project Overview

In addition to achieving LEED certification, owners of the Nationals franchise wanted a distinctive look for their new ballpark that projected 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 precast concrete stadium components were produced by Universal Concrete Products Corporation, located in Stowe, PA.

Precast Solution

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 its Silver LEED rating. 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.

To view the project photo gallery, visit the Washington Nationals Ballpark project profile on the MAPA website.

Project At-A-Glance

Location: South Capitol Street and N Street (Washington, D.C.)
Precaster: Universal Concrete Products Corporation (Stowe, PA)
Owner: District of Columbia Sports & Entertainment Comm. (Washington, D.C.)
Architect: HOK / Devroux-Purnell Architects (Washington, D.C.)
Engineer: ReSH/Thornton Tomasetti (Washington, D.C.)
Contractor: Clark / Hunt / Smoot JV, Clark Construction Group, LLC (Bethesda, MD)
LEED: Silver
Square Footage: 1.0 million
Architectural Precast Elements: 503 precast panels with a range of light to heavy sandblasting

About Mid-Atlantic Precast Association

The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) is a professional marketing organization committed to the growth and greater profitability of the Precast Industry in the Mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1978, MAPA is comprised of 13 prestressed/precast producer member firms located throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The organization is closely associated with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and has over 50 associate member companies that produce a variety of concrete industry related products. For more information, visit

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