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Wuerfel Park

April 1, 2006

Challenge: Multiple division construction project
Solution: Coordination with owners and builders to deliver products and services as needed

Baseball fans' hearts are picking up a few beats. Those three little words that inspire passion in people are soon to be uttered – Let’s Play Ball. You have to be a baseball fan for those words to inspire passion, but there are a few local people who have that type of passion. John Wuerfel is one of them. John Wuerfel, his family, and his company Wuerfel Sports Development, LLC, brought baseball -- the Beach Bums! -- to the Traverse City Market.

This is Professional Baseball linked to the Frontier League. Imagine a 3500 seat stadium, with luxury suites, a recessed playing field, concession stands, and all the support facilities, with dugouts, bullpens, field maintenance areas, home and visitor clubhouse/locker rooms and an indoor batting facility. A facility where families are welcomed and the action is close. No nasty stares for bringing antsy youngsters to eat. The Wuerfels have vision, love families, and possess the passion to see the large construction project through to completion.

There are others in Traverse City who have passion, Team Elmer’s employees. Have you ever watched an Elmer’s employee play in the dirt with their big toys? Have you ever seen a concrete driver pull up to a difficult pour? Or an asphalt crew when you tell them something can’t be done? Their attitude exudes PASSION! Excitement, enthusiasm, zeal, and delight in what they do and how they can help the client.

To complete the earth moving portion of the field at Wuerfel Park, Team Elmer's employees doggedly attacked moving 105,000 yards of material to create the bowl structure of the field and stands. With determination, 18,000 yards of topsoil (some places four and five feet deep) were stripped and stockpiled on-site for future restoration. Next Wuerfel Development started construction on the clubhouse area. Footings were dug and poured. As construction continued, Team Elmer’s expertise was called to lift pre-constructed peaked roof sections into place. The roof sections were built and shingled on the ground. Once lifted into placed the trusses were secured to the building. Construction continued and once again our passion and commitment were relied on. We delivered concrete for the indoor batting facility on a cold winter day, providing a solid foundation for future players. Team Elmer’s employees are poised to persevere on any difficult project. Our employees are the best team around. And who better understands the value of teamwork than a baseball park owner?

 


 

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