Indianapolis-based Heartland Design is working on the $22 million Stadium Lofts project, which broke ground a year ago this month. â€œWe preserved quite a bit of the stadium,â€ said James Cordell, principal at Heartland, noting his belief that the project is the first conversion of a stadium to housing. â€œItâ€™s just a very unusual thing to do.â€
Bush Stadiumâ€™s stone art deco entrance and flanking brick walls have been incorporated into the new building, and the stadiumâ€™s steel canopy forms the roof. The existing structure has been shored up and windows added to the brick walls. To create space for a wood-frame structure housing 134 residences on three stories, the team removed the stadiumâ€™s staggered concrete seating platforms and support girders.
Bush Stadiumâ€™s unique shape, it turns out, makes for varied apartment layouts. â€œThere are some very bizarre units in this building that we expect will appeal to young professionals and students,â€ said Cordell. A new glass-and-metal panel wall opens on to the former baseball diamond, with balconies overlooking the infield. Third-floor units will feature tall ceilings with exposed, original steel girders.