After nearly 100 years, historic Shulthis Stadium, the location of organized baseball’s first-ever night game, had fallen into disrepair. The town of Independence, Kansas, together with the school district, enlisted Crossland Construction Company to build a replica of the iconic sports facility. The $1.5 million contract included demolition of the original structure and construction of the new stadium.
The budget-friendly decision was made to enlist Crossland’s precast concrete company, Crossland Prefab, to custom-build the concrete panels that would become the new Shulthis Stadium. As demolition was underway, Prefab crews designed the forms to meet the unique architectural specifications and the concrete was poured at the indoor facility in Columbus, Kansas. Panels were shipped to the construction site as installment crews were ready.
The entire building is composed of precast concrete. Architectural concrete precast features include horizontal precast brick ledges, arched soffit supports, exposed columns, and exposed rafters along the building’s sidewalls. The 100% reconstruction of the original facility included the incorporation of beveled and mitered prefab panel edges, most with a slip and bevel/miter on the top to meet the roof slope. Many had a bevel on one side with an additional notch for beam resting. The scope also included locker rooms, disability-access restrooms and showers, and a concessions stand. A commemorative plaza honors the original structure and its builder with a plaque and statue. The Shulthis Stadium project is the 2017 winner of an Associated General Contractors Build Kansas award.