The Foley Sports Tourism Complex was conceived not just as a source of entertainment but also as a source of revenue and economic development, with multiple municipal bonds invested in its success.
The facility includes 16 sports fields suitable for soccer, lacrosse, seven-on-seven football, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee, and an event center with space for conventions and trade shows as well as 50,000 square feet of sports flooring for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and dance competitions. HPM’s solution to the massive scope of the undertaking — a two-stage, multi-prime program — stretched the team in terms of resources, staffing, and sheer physical energy. But with HPM’s expertise and experience in managing intensely complex programs, the owner, the contractors and the people of Foley have been happy with the state-of-the-art field and event center.
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The Foley Sports Tourism Complex was a large project, both financially and physically. Physically, the complex sits on a 500-acre site and incorporates 16 playing fields and a 90,000-square-foot event center. Financially, the budget topped $27 million, reliant on bonds from the City of Foley. To keep the price in line with the municipal budget, HPM split it into two phases and a total of nine packages, each with a different prime contractor. Purchasing out individual contracts and managing them directly saved the client considerable money — and it put HPM at the helm of nine simultaneous or overlapping projects. HPM is used to complex projects. A field coordinator monitored the site, overseeing the work of the numerous contractors. The HPM team held collective meetings with the contractors, bringing solutions to problems and presenting a standardized workflow and procedure for payouts and change orders to keep everyone on the same page — even as they worked on multiple projects all across the 500-acre site.