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MIS taps Lansing-based Clark for $17 million project


Michigan International Speedway officials have chosen Lansing-based Clark Construction as general contractor for its $17 million suite and media center project, strengthening its commitment to use Michigan-based businesses to stimulate the local economy. 

The speedway recently announced Phase One of a multi-phase plan to redesign the track infield, starting with demolition and construction of the current terrace suites and media center. The project will begin following the track’s August NASCAR weekend and will be ready for the 2010 season at the track. 

After a bidding process, Clark was chosen for its extensive portfolio of successful projects including Oldsmobile Park Minor League Baseball Stadium in Lansing, and Michigan State University’s Spartan Stadium expansion, MSU’s Munn Ice Arena renovations, and the Michigan Athletic Club expansion, all in East Lansing.  

“We are committed to using Michigan-based companies for our projects, when possible,” track President Roger Curtis said. “Not only is Clark’s reputation in construction second to none, but they have experience in LEED-certified projects that really got us excited.” 

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures, something the speedway wants to achieve with the project.  

Clark Construction Company was founded in 1946 and is ranked as one of the top 100 construction management firms in the nation by Engineering News Record. The firm has offices in Lansing and Petoskey with projects throughout Michigan, including southeast Michigan. 

In addition to a full range of Construction Management services, Clark also offers program management, general contracting and design and build services. 

The two-story design calls for 30 corporate suites that span the second floor of the structure. A number of the suites will include movable walls so areas can expand or decrease based on partners’ needs, building upon MIS’ philosophy to tailor custom packages to each partners’ business goals.

"We are excited to include Michigan International Speedway to the blue-chip roster of clients we have been privileged to serve during our 62 years as a Michigan-based construction company," said Clark Construction CEO Charles Clark. "We also feel our experienced team of LEED certified professionals and our demonstrated environmental commitment bring added value to the MIS team."

The suites will sit atop a state-of-the-art media, technology and meeting center. Print, radio and TV journalists, including their photographer counterparts from across all news mediums, will have ample space to work and cover MIS’ popular events. Separate rooms for large press conferences and competitor meetings will also be housed on the first floor, near a new kitchen and press dining area.  

The suite and media center project was designed by Rossetti Associates, another Michigan-based company. The Southfield, Mich., architecture, planning and design firm has created a host of sporting venues from Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions and the NCAA’s 2009 men’s basketball Final Four, to The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.  

The scope of Phase One of the project includes modifying pit road and the current fire lane. The speedway’s fueling station in the garage will also be moved.  

The project is the largest at MIS since the construction of the suite tower in 2005. In that venture, the speedway’s motorsports fan display area was also expanded and paved. 

Phase One of the master plan redesign of the infield is just one piece of an ongoing transformation at MIS. In all, MIS will have spent more than $55 million since 2005 on various capital improvement projects from enhanced seating to a new scoreboard and public address system, to better campsites and directional signage — all with the fan in mind. 

Future hopes for the speedway include an eventual Phase Two of an infield renovation to create a fan walk-style entertainment area with fan-accessible garages, along with reconfigured and enhanced infield campsites. 

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. 

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